clindamycin

[ klin-duh-mahy-sin ]
/ ˌklɪn dəˈmaɪ sɪn /

noun Pharmacology.

a toxic semisynthetic antibiotic, C18H33ClN2O5S, used to treat serious infections chiefly due to various anaerobic bacteria, especially Bacteroides.

Nearby words

  1. clinandrium,
  2. clinch,
  3. clincher,
  4. clincher tire,
  5. clincher-built,
  6. cline,
  7. cline, patsy,
  8. cling,
  9. cling peach,
  10. clingfilm

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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