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tetracycline

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noun tet·ra·cy·cline \ˌte-trə-ˈsī-ˌklēn\

Definition of tetracycline

  1. :  a yellow crystalline broad-spectrum antibiotic C22H24N2O8 produced by streptomyces or synthetically; also :  any of several chemically related antibiotics (as doxycycline)



Origin of tetracycline

International Scientific Vocabulary tetracyclic having four fused hydrocarbon rings + 2-ine


First Known Use: 1952


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tetracycline

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noun tet·ra·cy·cline \ˌte-trə-ˈsī-ˌklēn, -klən\

Medical Definition of tetracycline

  1. :  a yellow crystalline broad-spectrum antibiotic that is produced by a soil actinomycete of the genus Streptomyces (S. viridifaciens) or made synthetically and that is administered chiefly in the form of its hydrochloride C22H24N2O8·HCl; also :  any of several chemically related antibiotics (as doxycycline)




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