colicin


co·li·cin

noun \ˈkō-lə-sən\

Definition of COLICIN

:  any of various antibacterial substances produced by strains of intestinal bacteria (as of E. coli)

Variants of COLICIN

co·li·cin also co·li·cine \-ˌsēn\

Origin of COLICIN

French colicine, from col- + -cine (as in streptomycine streptomycin)
First Known Use: 1946

co·li·cin

noun \ˈkō-lə-sən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of COLICIN

: any of various antibacterial proteins that are produced by some strains of intestinal bacteria (as E. coli) having a specific plasmid and that often act to inhibit macromolecular synthesis in related strains

Variants of COLICIN

co·li·cin also co·li·cine \-ˌsēn\

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