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[jen-tuh-mahy-sin] /ˌdʒɛn təˈmaɪ sɪn/
noun, Pharmacology
a highly toxic broad-spectrum antibiotic mixture of related aminoglycoside substances derived from the actinomycete bacterium Micromonospora purpurea, used in its sulfate form in the treatment of severe Gram-negative infections.
1963; respelling of gentamycin, probably equivalent to gent(ian violet) + -a- (as in kanamycin) + -mycin; so called from the color of the source bacterium Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gentamicin
  • Once daily gentamicin treatment has been tried with excellent results as an alternative therapy to streptomycin.
  • Placing an antibiotic called gentamicin directly into the middle ear can help control vertigo.
  • Both can be treated with gentamicin, one of a larger group of antibiotics called aminoglycosides.
British Dictionary definitions for gentamicin


a broad-spectrum antibiotic used in the treatment of serious infections
Word Origin
C20: from genta (of unknown origin) + -mycin
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gentamicin in Medicine

gentamicin gen·ta·mi·cin or gen·ta·my·cin (jěn'tə-mī'sĭn)
A broad-spectrum antibiotic derived from an actinomycete used in the treatment of various infections.

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