[ klin-duh-mahy-sin ]

  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

Words Nearby clindamycin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023