monensin

[moh-nen-sin]
noun Biochemistry.
  1. a complex derivative of butyric acid, C36H62O11, produced by the bacterium Streptomyces cinnamonensis and used as an antibiotic in animals.

Origin of monensin

1967; < New Latin (cinna)monens(is) specific epithet of the bacterium (see cinnamon, -ensis; so called from the color of the aerial mycelium) + -in2
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