- any of a group of related antibiotics derived from several species of streptomyces bacteria, used against susceptible bacteria and fungi and in the treatment of various cancers.
Origin of actinomycin
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- any of several toxic antibiotics obtained from bacteria of the genus Streptomyces, used in treating some cancers; the most commonly used is dactinomycin (actinomycin D)
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- Any of a large group of red, often toxic, polypeptide antibiotics isolated from soil bacteria of several species of Streptomyces (originally Actinomyces) that are active against gram-positive bacteria and fungi.
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