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colicin

[ kol-uh-sin ]
/ ˈkɒl ə sɪn /
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noun Pharmacology.

any bacteriocin produced by certain strains of Escherichia coli and having a lethal effect on strains other than the producing strain.

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Origin of colicin

1945–50; <French colicine, equivalent to coli- (see coliform) + -cine, probably extracted from names of antibiotics ending in -mycine-mycin
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Medical definitions for colicin

colicin
[ kŏlĭ-sĭn, kōlĭ- ]

n.

Any of various antibacterial proteins produced by certain strains of the colon bacillus that are lethal to other closely related strains of bacteria.
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