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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
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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

ANTIBIOTICALLY Defined for Kids

antibiotic

noun an·ti·bi·ot·ic \ˌan-ti-bī-ˈä-tik\

Definition of ANTIBIOTIC for Kids

:  a substance produced by living things and especially by bacteria and fungi that is used to kill or prevent the growth of harmful germs

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