-mycin


a combining form used in the names of antibiotics, usually fungal derivatives: neomycin.

Nearby words

  1. -most,
  2. -motive,
  3. -motored,
  4. -mycete,
  5. -mycetes,
  6. -n,
  7. -n't,
  8. -nap,
  9. -nastic,
  10. -nasty

Origin of -mycin

perhaps orig. in actinomycin; see myc-, -in2

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British Dictionary definitions for -mycin

-mycin

n combining form

indicating an antibiotic compound derived from a fungusstreptomycin

Word Origin for -mycin

from Greek mukēs fungus + -in

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Medicine definitions for -mycin

-mycin

suff.

A substance derived from a bacterium in the order Actinomycetales:erythromycin.

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