erythromycin

[ ih-rith-ruh-mahy-sin ]
/ ɪˌrɪθ rəˈmaɪ sɪn /

noun

Pharmacology. an antibiotic, C37H67NO13, produced by an actinomycete, Streptomyces erythraeus, used chiefly in the treatment of diseases caused by many Gram-positive and some Gram-negative organisms.

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Origin of erythromycin

First recorded in 1950–55; erythro- + -mycin
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British Dictionary definitions for erythromycin

erythromycin
/ (ɪˌrɪθrəʊˈmaɪsɪn) /

noun

an antibiotic used in treating certain infections,sometimes as an alternative to penicillin. It is obtained from the bacterium Streptomyces erythreus. Formula: C 37 M 67 NO 13

Word Origin for erythromycin

C20: from erythro- + Greek mukēs fungus + -in
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Medical definitions for erythromycin

erythromycin
[ ĭ-rĭth′rə-mīsĭn ]

n.

An antibiotic obtained from a strain of Streptomyces erythreus, effective against many gram-positive bacteria and some gram-negative bacteria.
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Scientific definitions for erythromycin

erythromycin
[ ĭ-rĭth′rə-mīsĭn ]

An antibiotic obtained from the bacteria Streptomyces erythreus, effective against many gram-positive bacteria and some gram-negative bacteria.
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