polymyxin

[pol-ee-mik-sin]

Origin of polymyxin

1945–50; < New Latin polymyx(a) specific epithet (< Greek poly- poly- + mýxa mucus, slime) + -in2
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British Dictionary definitions for polymyxin

polymyxin

noun
  1. any of several polypeptide antibiotics active against Gram-negative bacteria, obtained from the soil bacterium Bacillus polymyxa

Word Origin for polymyxin

C20: from New Latin Bacillus polymyxa; see poly-, myxo-, -in
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polymyxin in Medicine

polymyxin

[pŏl′ē-mĭksĭn]
n.
  1. Any of various mainly toxic antibiotics derived from strains of the soil bacterium Bacillus polymyxa and used to treat various infections with gram-negative bacteria.
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