[ an-ti-bahy-ot-ik, -bee-, an-tee-, -tahy- ]
/ ˌæn tɪ baɪˈɒt ɪk, -bi-, ˌæn ti-, -taɪ- /
any of a large group of chemical substances, as penicillin or streptomycin, produced by various microorganisms and fungi, having the capacity in dilute solutions to inhibit the growth of or to destroy bacteria and other microorganisms, used chiefly in the treatment of infectious diseases.
of or involving antibiotics.
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British Dictionary definitions for anti-biotic
/ (ˌæntɪbaɪˈɒtɪk) /
any of various chemical substances, such as penicillin, streptomycin, chloramphenicol, and tetracycline, produced by various microorganisms, esp fungi, or made synthetically and capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms, esp bacteria
of or relating to antibiotics
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Medical definitions for anti-biotic
[ ăn′tĭ-bī-ŏt′ĭk, ăn′tī- ]
A substance, such as penicillin or streptomycin, produced by or derived from certain fungi, bacteria, and other organisms, that can destroy or inhibit the growth of other microorganisms.
Of or relating to antibiotics.
Of or relating to antibiosis.
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Scientific definitions for anti-biotic
[ ăn′tĭ-bī-ŏt′ĭk ]
A substance, such as penicillin, that is capable of destroying or weakening certain microorganisms, especially bacteria or fungi, that cause infections or infectious diseases. Antibiotics are usually produced by or synthesized from other microorganisms, such as molds. They inhibit pathogens by interfering with essential intracellular processes, including the synthesis of bacterial proteins. Antibiotics do not kill viruses and are not effective in treating viral infections.
Relating to antibiotics.
Relating to antibiosis.
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Cultural definitions for anti-biotic
[ (an-ti-beye-ot-ik, an-teye-beye-ot-ik, an-ti-bee-ot-ik) ]
notes for antibiotic
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