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[bas-i-trey-sin] /ˌbæs ɪˈtreɪ sɪn/
noun, Pharmacology
an antibiotic polypeptide derived by the hydrolytic action of Bacillus subtilis on protein, primarily used topically in the treatment of superficial infections caused by susceptible Gram-positive organisms.
Origin of bacitracin
1940-45; baci(llus) + (Margaret) Trac(y) (born 1936), American child whose tissues were found to contain Bacillus subtilis + -in2 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for bacitracin


an antibiotic used mainly in treating bacterial skin infections: obtained from the bacterium Bacillus subtilis
Word Origin
C20: baci(llus) + -trac- from Margaret Tracy (born 1936), American girl in whose blood Bacillus subtilis was found; see -in
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bacitracin in Medicine

bacitracin bac·i·tra·cin (bās'ĭ-trā'sĭn)
A polypeptide antibiotic obtained from a strain of the bacterium Bacillus subtilis and used as a topical treatment for certain bacterial infections, especially those caused by cocci.

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