[ te-truh-sahy-kleen, -klin ]
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  1. an antibiotic, C22H24H2O8, derived from chlortetracycline, used in medicine to treat a broad variety of infections.

Origin of tetracycline

First recorded in 1950–55; tetra- + cycl- + -ine2

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British Dictionary definitions for tetracycline


/ (ˌtɛtrəˈsaɪklaɪn, -klɪn) /

  1. an antibiotic synthesized from chlortetracycline or derived from the bacterium Streptomyces viridifaciens: used in treating rickettsial infections and various bacterial infections. Formula: C 22 H 24 N 2 O 8

Origin of tetracycline

C20: from tetra- + cycl (ic) + -ine ²

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Scientific definitions for tetracycline


[ tĕt′rə-sīklēn′, -klĭn ]

  1. A yellow crystalline compound, C22H24N2O8, synthesized or derived from several bacterial species of the genus Streptomyces and used as an antibiotic in bacterial infections. Other drugs of the tetracycline class have a similar chemical structure.

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