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[am-puh-sil-in] /ˌæm pəˈsɪl ɪn/
noun, Pharmacology
a broad-spectrum semisynthetic penicillin, C 16 H 19 N 3 O 4 S, effective against certain susceptible Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.
Origin of ampicillin
1965-70; probably am(inobenzyl)p(en)icillin, an alternate chemical name Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for ampicillin


a semisynthetic penicillin used to treat various infections
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ampicillin in Medicine

ampicillin am·pi·cil·lin (ām'pĭ-sĭl'ĭn)
A semisynthetic of penicillin effective against gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria and used in treating infections of the intestinal, urinary, and respiratory tracts.

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ampicillin in Science
An antibiotic derived from penicillin that has a broad antibacterial spectrum of action. It is effective against gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria and is used primarily to treat gonorrhea and infections of the respiratory, urinary, and intestinal tracts.
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