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broad-spectrum

[brawd-spek-truh m] /ˈbrɔdˈspɛk trəm/
adjective
1.
Pharmacology. noting an antibiotic effective against a wide range of organisms.
2.
having a wide range of uses.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55
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  • But now if you get an antibiotic, doctors will prescribe broad-spectrum antibiotics.
  • So persuading drug companies to make highly selective drugs instead of broad-spectrum ones may prove an uphill struggle.
  • There are also broad-spectrum antibiotics and antimicrobials.
  • Antibiotic therapy with tetracycline or another broad-spectrum antibiotic is given at the beginning of treatment.
British Dictionary definitions for broad-spectrum

broad-spectrum

noun
1.
(modifier) effective against a wide variety of diseases or microorganisms: a broad-spectrum antibiotic
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