colistin

colistin

[kuh-lis-tin]
noun Pharmacology.
a toxic antibiotic polypeptide, C 45 H 85 O 10 N 13 , produced by the bacterium Bacillus colistinus, used in sulfate form against a broad spectrum of microorganisms and in the treatment of severe gastroenteritis.

Origin:
1950–55; < Neo-Latin colistinus epithet for a variety of Bacillus polymyxa, equivalent to coli- (see coliform) + -stinus, apparently an arbitrarily chosen suffix; cf. -in2

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colistin co·lis·tin (kə-lĭs'tĭn, kō-)
n.
An antibiotic produced by the bacterium Bacillus polymyxa or B. colistinus that is effective against a range of gram-negative bacteria and is used especially in the treatment of infections of the gastrointestinal tract.

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