colicin

colicin

[kol-uh-sin]
noun Pharmacology.
any bacteriocin produced by certain strains of Escherichia coli and having a lethal effect on strains other than the producing strain.

Origin:
1945–50; < French colicine, equivalent to coli- (see coliform) + -cine, probably extracted from names of antibiotics ending in -mycine -mycin

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colicin col·i·cin (kŏl'ĭ-sĭn, kō'lĭ-)
n.
Any of various antibacterial proteins produced by certain strains of the colon bacillus that are lethal to other closely related strains of bacteria.

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