a combining form used in the names of antibiotics, usually fungal derivatives: neomycin.

perhaps orig. in actinomycin; see myc-, -in2

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n combining form
indicating an antibiotic compound derived from a fungus: streptomycin
[from Greek mukēs fungus + -in]

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-mycin suff.
A substance derived from a bacterium in the order Actinomycetales: erythromycin.

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