[ nis-tuh-tin ]
/ ˈnɪs tə tɪn /

noun Pharmacology.

a light-yellow antibiotic powder, C46H77NO19, produced by the microorganism Streptomyces noursei and used as an antifungal for infections due to various susceptible fungi, especially those of the genus Candida that primarily infect the skin, mucous membranes, gastrointestinal tract, and vagina.

Origin of nystatin

1950–55; N(ew) Y(ork) Stat(e), where originated + -in2
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British Dictionary definitions for nystatin


/ (ˈnɪstətɪn) /


an antibiotic obtained from the bacterium Streptomyces noursei: used in the treatment of infections caused by certain fungi, esp Candida albicans

Word Origin for nystatin

C20: from New York State, where it was originated + -in
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Medicine definitions for nystatin


[ nĭstə-tĭn ]


An antibiotic produced by the actinomycete Streptomyces noursei and used especially in the treatment of fungal infections.
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