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[vang-kuh-mahy-sin, van-] /ˌvæŋ kəˈmaɪ sɪn, ˌvæn-/
noun, Pharmacology
a bactericidal antibiotic, C 66 H 75 ClN 9 O 24 , produced by Streptomyces orientalis, used in the treatment of antibiotic-associated colitis and endocarditis.
Origin of vancomycin
1956; vanco-, of unexplained orig. + -mycin Unabridged
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  • They would have allowed ancient bacteria to shrug off many modern drugs such as tetracyclines, beta-lactams and vancomycin.
  • This left vancomycin as the only effective agent available at the time.
British Dictionary definitions for vancomycin


an antibiotic effective against most Gram-positive organisms. It is given by intravenous infusions for serious infections that are resistant to other antibiotics
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vancomycin in Medicine

vancomycin van·co·my·cin (vāng'kə-mī'sĭn, vān'kə-)
An antibiotic that is produced by the actinomycete Streptomyces orientalis, and is effective against staphylococci and spirochetes.

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