However, as the WHO report makes clear, antibiotic resistance is a growing problem that threatens the entire globe.
Never deny a request for an antibiotic, an opioid pain medication, a scan, or an admission.
When I was 36 weeks pregnant, my nurse practitioner told me I had a urinary tract infection and prescribed an antibiotic.
A New York institution—The Rockefeller University—was central to antibiotic research during the war years.
A plague outbreak in Madagascar has killed 40 people so far, and due to antibiotic resistance, it could kill many more.
As long-time readers know, I'm something of a fanatic on the subject of antibiotic resistance.
In the future, antibiotic resistance could have catastrophic consequences.
Reeve passed away after experiencing an adverse reaction to an antibiotic on Oct. 10, 2004.
1894, "destructive to micro-organisms," from French antibiotique (c.1889), from anti- "against" (see anti-) + biotique "of (microbial) life," from Late Latin bioticus "of life" (see biotic). As a noun, first recorded 1941 in works of U.S. microbiologist Selman Waksman (1888-1973), discoverer of streptomycin. Earlier the adjective was used in a sense "not from living organisms" in debates over the origins of certain fossils.
antibiotic an·ti·bi·ot·ic (ān'tĭ-bī-ŏt'ĭk, ān'tī-)
A substance, such as penicillin or streptomycin, produced by or derived from certain fungi, bacteria, and other organisms, that can destroy or inhibit the growth of other microorganisms. adj.
Of or relating to antibiotics.
Of or relating to antibiosis.
Noun A substance, such as penicillin, that is capable of destroying or weakening certain microorganisms, especially bacteria or fungi, that cause infections or infectious diseases. Antibiotics are usually produced by or synthesized from other microorganisms, such as molds. They inhibit pathogens by interfering with essential intracellular processes, including the synthesis of bacterial proteins. Antibiotics do not kill viruses and are not effective in treating viral infections.
Note: Microorganisms that are initially treatable with antibiotics may evolve resistance as the more susceptible members of the population are killed off. (See resistance to antibiotics.)