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

perhaps orig. in actinomycin; see myc-, -in2
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British Dictionary definitions for -mycin


n combining form
  1. indicating an antibiotic compound derived from a fungusstreptomycin
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Word Origin for -mycin

from Greek mukēs fungus + -in
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-mycin in Medicine


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