[ strep-tuh-mahy-sin ]
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  1. 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

1944; <New Latin Streptomyc(es) streptomyces + -in2

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British Dictionary definitions for streptomycin


/ (ˌstrɛptəʊˈmaɪsɪn) /

  1. 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

Origin of streptomycin

from Streptomyces, genus name of bacteria (from strepto- + Greek mukēs fungus + -in)

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Scientific definitions for streptomycin


[ strĕp′tə-mīsĭn ]

  1. An aminoglycoside antibiotic, C21H39O12N7, produced by the actinomycete Streptomyces griseus, given as an intramuscular injection to treat tuberculosis and other bacterial infections.

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