[ am-puh-sil-in ]
/ ˌæm pəˈsɪl ɪn /
a broad-spectrum semisynthetic penicillin, C16H19N3O4S, effective against certain susceptible Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.
Origin of ampicillin
First recorded in 1965–70; probably am(inobenzyl)p(en)icillin, an alternate chemical name
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British Dictionary definitions for ampicillin
/ (ˌæmpɪˈsɪlɪn) /
a semisynthetic penicillin used to treat various infections
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Medicine definitions for ampicillin
[ ăm′pĭ-sĭl′ĭn ]
A semisynthetic penicillin having a broader antibacterial spectrum of action than that of penicillin G. It is effective against gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria and used to treat gonorrhea and infections of the intestinal, urinary, and respiratory tracts.
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Science definitions for ampicillin
[ ăm′pĭ-sĭl′ĭn ]
An antibiotic derived from penicillin that has a broad antibacterial spectrum of action. It is effective against gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria and is used primarily to treat gonorrhea and infections of the respiratory, urinary, and intestinal tracts.
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