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1antibiotic

adjective an·ti·bi·ot·ic \ˌan-tē-bī-ˈä-tik, -ˌtī-; -bē-ˈä-\

Definition of ANTIBIOTIC

1
:  tending to prevent, inhibit, or destroy life
2
:  of or relating to antibiotics or to antibiosis
an·ti·bi·ot·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

First Known Use of ANTIBIOTIC

1891

Other Pharmacology Terms

anodyne, cathartic, emetic, emollient, liniment, paregoric, poultice, purgative, soporific, spectrum

2antibiotic

noun

medical : a drug that is used to kill harmful bacteria and to cure infections

Full Definition of ANTIBIOTIC

:  a substance produced by or a semisynthetic substance derived from a microorganism and able in dilute solution to inhibit or kill another microorganism

First Known Use of ANTIBIOTIC

1943

Other Pharmacology Terms

anodyne, cathartic, emetic, emollient, liniment, paregoric, poultice, purgative, soporific, spectrum

Rhymes with ANTIBIOTIC

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