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ampicillin

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noun am·pi·cil·lin \ˌam-pə-ˈsi-lən\

Definition of ampicillin

  1. :  a penicillin C16H19N3O4S that is effective against gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria and is used to treat various infections of the urinary, respiratory, and intestinal tracts



Origin and Etymology of ampicillin

amino + penicillin


First Known Use: 1961


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ampicillin

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noun am·pi·cil·lin \ˌam-pə-ˈsil-ən\

Medical Definition of ampicillin

  1. :  a penicillin C16H19N3O4S that is effective against gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria and is used in anhydrous forms, as the trihydrate, or as the sodium salt to treat various infections of the urinary, respiratory, and intestinal tracts—see penbritin




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