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.

Nearby words

  1. cephalon,
  2. cephalonia,
  3. cephalopathy,
  4. cephalopelvic,
  5. cephalopod,
  6. cephalosporinase,
  7. cephalostat,
  8. cephalothoracic,
  9. cephalothorax,
  10. cephalous

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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Medicine 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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