bacitracin

[ bas-i-trey-sin ]
/ ˌbæs ɪˈtreɪ sɪn /

noun Pharmacology.

an antibiotic polypeptide derived by the hydrolytic action of Bacillus subtilis on protein, primarily used topically in the treatment of superficial infections caused by susceptible Gram-positive organisms.

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Origin of bacitracin

1940–45; baci(llus) + (Margaret) Trac(y) (born 1936), American child whose tissues were found to contain Bacillus subtilis + -in2
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British Dictionary definitions for bacitracin

bacitracin
/ (ˌbæsɪˈtreɪsɪn) /

noun

an antibiotic used mainly in treating bacterial skin infections: obtained from the bacterium Bacillus subtilis

Word Origin for bacitracin

C20: baci (llus) + -trac- from Margaret Tracy (born 1936), American girl in whose blood Bacillus subtilis was found; see -in
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Medical definitions for bacitracin

bacitracin
[ băs′ĭ-trāsĭn ]

n.

A polypeptide antibiotic obtained from a strain of the bacterium Bacillus subtilis and used as a topical treatment for certain bacterial infections, especially those caused by cocci.
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