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bacitracin

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noun bac·i·tra·cin \ˌba-sə-ˈtrā-sən\

Definition of bacitracin

  1. :  a polypeptide antibiotic isolated from a bacillus (Bacillus subtilis or B. licheniformis) and usually used topically especially against gram-positive bacteria



Origin of bacitracin

New Latin Bacillus subtilis (species of bacillus producing the toxin) + Margaret Tracy b ab 1936 American child in whose tissues it was found


First Known Use: 1945


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bacitracin

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noun bac·i·tra·cin \ˌbas-ə-ˈtrās-ən\

Medical Definition of bacitracin

  1. :  a polypeptide antibiotic isolated from a bacillus (Bacillus subtilis or B. licheniformis) and usually used topically especially against gram-positive bacteria



Biographical Note for bacitracin

Tra·cy \ˈtrā-sē\play Margaret American hospital patient. The antibiotic bacitracin was first identified in 1945 in wound drainage from Margaret Tracy.


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