amox·​i·​cil·​lin ə-ˌmäk-sē-ˈsi-lən How to pronounce amoxicillin (audio)
: a semisynthetic penicillin C16H19N3O5S derived from ampicillin

Examples of amoxicillin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Food and Drug Administration first acknowledged the shortage last fall, adding amoxicillin products to its list of drugs that are in short supply. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 25 Aug. 2023 Sandoz is a top manufacturer of powder amoxicillin within the U.S. market. Rachel Cohrs Reprints, STAT, 22 Feb. 2024 Those patients are given an oral tablet of amoxicillin, and then watched for up to 90 minutes for a reaction. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 14 Dec. 2023 In her testing protocol, the kids — sometimes even babies — come in for a dose of liquid amoxicillin and then are watched closely for 48 hours. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 14 Dec. 2023 If available, the best alternatives are other forms of amoxicillin, in tablet, capsule or in chewable form. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 25 Aug. 2023 Steroids, hormonal drugs also in short supply More than 1 in 5 hospital pharmacists also reported shortages for steroids, hormonal drugs and oral liquids such as lidocaine, ibuprofen and amoxicillin. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2023 Jonathan Marquess said one of his drugstores fielded 100 questions one day last fall about the antibiotic amoxicillin and the attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder treatment Adderall, two drugs in short supply. Tom Murphy, Fortune, 7 Oct. 2023 Among the conventional samples which tested positive, though, various exceeded federal limits for the antibiotics amoxicillin (1 of the 35 samples), sulfamethazine (37% of samples), and sulfathiazole (26% of samples). Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 19 Sep. 2023

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Word History


am(ino)+ ox- + (pen)icillin

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of amoxicillin was in 1971

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“Amoxicillin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


variants or British amoxycillin
: a semisynthetic penicillin C16H19N3O5S derived from ampicillin see amoxil, augmentin, larotid, trimox
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