antibiotics, resistance to

The insensitivity to a particular antibiotic developed by the bacteria against which the antibiotic has been used repeatedly or over a long time. The process works by the ordinary rules of natural selection: that segment of the bacteria population that has a natural ability to counter the drug's effect will survive, so that their genes eventually are shared by the entire population.

Nearby words

  1. antibes,
  2. antibilious,
  3. antibiosis,
  4. antibiotic,
  5. antibiotic enterocolitis,
  6. antiblack,
  7. antiblastic,
  8. antibodies,
  9. antibody,
  10. antibody excess

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