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vancomycin

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noun van·co·my·cin \ˌvaŋ-kə-ˈmī-sən\

Definition of vancomycin

  1. :  an antibiotic C66H75Cl2N9O24 derived from an actinomycete (Amycolatopsis orientalis syn. Streptomyces orientalis) that is effective against gram-positive bacteria and is used chiefly in the form of its hydrochloride especially against staphylococci resistant to methicillin



Origin of vancomycin

vanco- (of unknown origin) + -mycin


First Known Use: circa 1956


Medical Dictionary

vancomycin

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noun van·co·my·cin \ˌvaŋ-kə-ˈmīs-ən\

Medical Definition of vancomycin

  1. :  an antibiotic C66H75Cl2N9O24 derived from an actinomycete (Amycolatopsis orientalis synonym Streptomyces orientalis synonym Nocardia orientalis) that is effective against gram-positive bacteria and is used chiefly in the form of its hydrochloride C66H75Cl2N9O24·HCl especially against staphylococci resistant to methicillin—see vancocin




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