- an antibiotic, C21H39N7O12, produced by a soil actinomycete, Streptomyces griseus, and used in medicine in the form of its white, water-soluble sulfate salt, chiefly in the treatment of tuberculosis.
Origin of streptomycin
Examples from the Web for streptomycin
Now that streptomycin is available, cases of tularemia in persons are easily cured.A Synopsis of the North American Lagomorpha
E. Raymond Hall
- an antibiotic obtained from the bacterium Streptomyces griseus: used in the treatment of tuberculosis and Gram-negative bacterial infections. Formula: C 21 H 39 N 7 O 12
Word Origin and History for streptomycin
antibiotic drug, 1944, from Modern Latin Streptomyces, genus name of the soil bacterium from which the antibiotic was obtained, from Greek streptos "twisted" + -mycin, element used in forming names of substances obtained from fungi, from Latinized form of Greek mykes "fungus" (see mucus). First isolated by U.S. microbiologist Selman Abraham Waksman (1888-1973) and others.
- An antibiotic obtained from Streptomyces griseus and used against the tubercle bacillus and other bacteria.
- An aminoglycoside antibiotic, C21H39O12N7, produced by the actinomycete Streptomyces griseus, given as an intramuscular injection to treat tuberculosis and other bacterial infections.