bacitracin


bac·i·tra·cin

noun \ˌba-sə-ˈtrā-sən\

Definition of BACITRACIN

:  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

bac·i·tra·cin

noun \ˌbas-ə-ˈtrās-ən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BACITRACIN

: 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\ , Margaret American hospital patient. The antibiotic bacitracin was first identified in 1945 in wound drainage from Margaret Tracy.

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