noun Pharmacology.
a toxic semisynthetic antibiotic, C 18 H 33 ClN 2 O 5 S, used to treat serious infections chiefly due to various anaerobic bacteria, especially Bacteroides.

1965–70; by contraction and rearrangement of chloro-deoxylincomycin an alternate name, equivalent to chloro-2 + deoxy- + lincomycin an antibiotic produced by Streptomyces lincolnensis; see -mycin Unabridged
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