cephalosporin

[ sef-uh-loh-spawr-in, -spohr- ]
/ ˌsɛf ə loʊˈspɔr ɪn, -ˈspoʊr- /

noun Pharmacology.

any of a group of widely used broad-spectrum antibiotics, originally isolated as a product of fermentation from the fungus Cephalosporium acremonium.

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Origin of cephalosporin

1950–55; <New Latin Cephalospor(ium) the genus (see cephalo-, -spore, -ium) + -in2
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British Dictionary definitions for cephalosporin

cephalosporin
/ (ˌsɛfələʊˈspɔːrɪn) /

noun

any of a group of broad-spectrum antibiotics obtained from fungi of the genus Cephalosporium
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Medical definitions for cephalosporin

cephalosporin
[ sĕf-ə-lə-spôrĭn ]

n.

Any of various broad-spectrum antibiotics, closely related to the penicillins, that were originally derived from the fungus Cephalosporium acremonium and are used to treat bacterial infections.
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