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cross-resistance

[kraws-ri-zis-tuh ns, kros-] /ˈkrɔs rɪˈzɪs təns, ˈkrɒs-/
noun, Biology
1.
immunologic resistance to the pathogenic effects of a microorganism because of previous exposure to another species or type having cross-reactive antigens.
2.
resistance to the effects of a substance, as that of an insect population to an insecticide or a bacterial strain to an antibiotic, stimulated by exposure and adaptation to a similar or related substance.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
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  • Many antimicrobial compounds foster cross-resistance to antibiotics that are used to treat diseases.

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