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tyrothricin

/ ˌtaɪrəʊˈθraɪsɪn /

noun

  1. an antibiotic, obtained from the soil bacterium Bacillus brevis, consisting of tyrocidine and gramicidin and active against Gram-positive bacteria such as staphylococci and streptococci: applied locally for the treatment of ulcers and abscesses


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Word History and Origins

Origin of tyrothricin1

C20: from New Latin Tyrothrix (genus name), from Greek turos cheese + thrix hair

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