Noun Vancomycin Definition and Examples


Noun:

Vancomycin

Pronunciation:

/ˌvaŋkəˈmʌɪsɪn/

Definition:
1.

noun

A bacterial antibiotic used against resistant strains of streptococcus and staphylococcus.
  1. 'Patients who become infected with MRSA are usually treated using expensive antibiotics such as vancomycin.'
  2. 'Other antibiotics like penicillin and vancomycin slow the bacteria's ability to manufacture cell walls.'


noun, Pharmacology.

1. a bactericidal antibiotic, C 66 H 75 ClN 9 O 24 , produced by Streptomyces orientalis, used in the treatment of antibiotic-associated colitis and endocarditis.

Origin:
1950s: from vanco- (of unknown origin) + -mycin.

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