[vang-kuh-mahy-sin, van-]

noun Pharmacology.

a bactericidal antibiotic, C66H75ClN9O24, produced by Streptomyces orientalis, used in the treatment of antibiotic-associated colitis and endocarditis.

Origin of vancomycin

1956; vanco-, of unexplained orig. + -mycin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for vancomycin



an antibiotic effective against most Gram-positive organisms. It is given by intravenous infusions for serious infections that are resistant to other antibiotics
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vancomycin in Medicine


[văng′kə-mīsĭn, văn′kə-]


An antibiotic that is produced by the actinomycete Streptomyces orientalis and is effective against staphylococci and spirochetes.
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