broad-spectrum

[ brawd-spek-truh m ]
/ ˈbrɔdˈspɛk trəm /

adjective

Pharmacology. noting an antibiotic effective against a wide range of organisms.
having a wide range of uses.

Origin of broad-spectrum

First recorded in 1950–55
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broad-spectrum


noun

(modifier) effective against a wide variety of diseases or microorganismsa broad-spectrum antibiotic
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