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gramicidin

[ gram-uh-sahyd-n ]

noun

, Pharmacology.
  1. a crystalline, water-insoluble antibiotic obtained from tyrothrycin by extraction, used chiefly in treating local infections caused by Gram-positive organisms.


gramicidin

/ ˌɡræmɪˈsaɪdɪn /

noun

  1. an antibiotic used in treating local Gram-positive bacterial infections: obtained from the soil bacterium Bacillus brevis


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Word History and Origins

Origin of gramicidin1

First recorded in 1935–40; Gram-(positive) + -i- + -cide + -in 2

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Word History and Origins

Origin of gramicidin1

C20: from Gram ( -positive ) + -cid ( e ) + -in

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