[ brawd-spek-truhm ]
/ ˈbrɔdˈspɛk trəm /
noting an antibiotic, insecticide, or other chemical effective against a wide range of organisms.
noting a sunscreen effective in absorbing or blocking ultraviolet (UVA and UVB) radiation.
having a wide range of uses:The questionnaire is a broad-spectrum tool for diagnosing depression and anxiety.
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Origin of broad-spectrum
First recorded in 1950–55
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Example sentences from the Web for broad-spectrum
In other words, fluoride is a broad-spectrum, bipartisan, long-lasting magnet for dissent.
Even the broad-spectrum drugs were losing their effectiveness to a dangerous degree within decades of their introduction.The Native Soil|Alan Edward Nourse
British Dictionary definitions for broad-spectrum
(modifier) effective against a wide variety of diseases or microorganismsa broad-spectrum antibiotic
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Medical definitions for broad-spectrum
Effective against a wide range of organisms, especially gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria.
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