[ vang-kuh-mahy-sin, van- ]
/ ˌvæŋ kəˈmaɪ sɪn, ˌvæn- /
a bactericidal antibiotic, C66H75ClN9O24, produced by Streptomyces orientalis, used in the treatment of antibiotic-associated colitis and endocarditis.
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Origin of vancomycin
First recorded in 1956; vanco- (of unexplained origin) + -mycin
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British Dictionary definitions for vancomycin
/ (ˌvænkəʊˈmaɪsɪn) /
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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Medical definitions for vancomycin
[ văng′kə-mī′sĭn, văn′kə- ]
An antibiotic that is produced by the actinomycete Streptomyces orientalis and is effective against staphylococci and spirochetes.
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