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[strep-tuh-mahy-sin] /ˌstrɛp təˈmaɪ sɪn/
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 of streptomycin
1944; < New Latin Streptomyc(es) streptomyces + -in2 Unabridged
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an antibiotic obtained from the bacterium Streptomyces griseus: used in the treatment of tuberculosis and Gram-negative bacterial infections. Formula: C21H39N7O12
Word Origin
from Streptomyces, genus name of bacteria (from strepto- + Greek mukēs fungus + -in)
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Word Origin and History for streptomycin

antibiotic drug, 1944, from Modern Latin Streptomyces, genus name of the soil bacterium from which the antibiotic was obtained, from Greek streptos "twisted" + -mycin, element used in forming names of substances obtained from fungi, from Latinized form of Greek mykes "fungus" (see mucus). First isolated by U.S. microbiologist Selman Abraham Waksman (1888-1973) and others.

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streptomycin in Medicine

streptomycin strep·to·my·cin or strep·to·my·cin A (strěp'tə-mī'sĭn)
An antibiotic obtained from Streptomyces griseus and used against the tubercle bacillus and other bacteria.

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streptomycin in Science
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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