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virginiamycin

[ ver-jin-yuh-mahy-sin ]
/ vərˌdʒɪn yəˈmaɪ sɪn /
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noun Pharmacology.
any of various antibacterial substances derived from the bacterium Streptomyces virginiae, used in antibiotics and in animal feed as a growth stimulant.
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Origin of virginiamycin

First recorded in 1960–65; from virginia(e), the specific epithet of the bacterium + -mycin
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