clindamycin

[klin-duh-mahy-sin]
noun Pharmacology.
  1. a toxic semisynthetic antibiotic, C18H33ClN2O5S, used to treat serious infections chiefly due to various anaerobic bacteria, especially Bacteroides.

Origin of clindamycin

1965–70; by contraction and rearrangement of chloro-deoxylincomycin an alternate name, equivalent to chloro-2 + deoxy- + lincomycin an antibiotic produced by Streptomyces lincolnensis; see -mycin
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