streptomycin

streptomycin

[strep-tuh-mahy-sin]
noun Pharmacology.
an antibiotic, C 2 1 H 3 9 N 7 O 1 2 , produced by a soil actinomycete, Streptomyces griseus, and used in medicine in the form of its white, water-soluble sulfate salt, chiefly in the treatment of tuberculosis.


Origin:
1944; < Neo-Latin Streptomyc(es) streptomyces + -in2

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streptomycin (ˌstrɛptəʊˈmaɪsɪn)
 
n
an antibiotic obtained from the bacterium Streptomyces griseus: used in the treatment of tuberculosis and Gram-negative bacterial infections. Formula: C21H39N7O12
 
[from Streptomyces, genus name of bacteria (from strepto- + Greek mukēs fungus + -in)]

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streptomycin
antibiotic drug, 1944, from Mod.L. Streptomyces, genus name of the soil bacterium from which the antibiotic was obtained, from Gk. streptos "twisted" + mykes "fungus." First isolated by U.S. microbiologist Selman Abraham Waksman (1888-1973).
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streptomycin strep·to·my·cin or strep·to·my·cin A (strěp'tə-mī'sĭn)
n.
An antibiotic obtained from Streptomyces griseus and used against the tubercle bacillus and other bacteria.

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streptomycin   (strěp'tə-mī'sĭn)  Pronunciation Key 
An aminoglycoside antibiotic, C21H39O12N7, produced by the actinomycete Streptomyces griseus, given as an intramuscular injection to treat tuberculosis and other bacterial infections.
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