amphotericin B


am·​pho·​ter·​i·​cin B ˌam(p)-fə-ˈter-ə-sən-ˈbē How to pronounce amphotericin B (audio)
: an antibiotic that is obtained from a soil streptomycete (Streptomyces nodosus) and is administered typically by intravenous injection chiefly to treat serious, potentially life-threatening, systemic fungal infections

Examples of amphotericin B in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Patients with severe infections are usually given amphotericin B, an intravenous medication. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 13 Apr. 2023 Another example is amphotericin B, originally approved to treat human yeast and mold infections. Jeffrey R. Aeschlimann, The Conversation, 14 Oct. 2021 They are then treated with the antifungal medication liposomal amphotericin B to keep the infection from resurging. Esha Mitra, CNN, 24 July 2021 At issue is amphotericin B, which is marketed by Gilead Sciences (GILD) to combat cryptococcal meningitis in patients with HIV or visceral leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease. Ed Silverman, STAT, 28 June 2021 The antifungal drug used for treatment, amphotericin B, has run in short supply in India. Washington Post, 22 June 2021 India makes small supplies of amphotericin B, which can be obtained free of charge at some public hospitals. New York Times, 20 June 2021 The state ordered 100,000 vials of amphotericin B last week, according to Maharashtra's health minister, Rajesh Tope. Esha Mitra, CNN, 19 May 2021 All the specimens could flout fluconazole, but four of the C. auris isolates were also resistant to amphotericin B, a second-line antifungal drug. Sophie Cousins, National Geographic, 23 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of amphotericin B was in 1955

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“Amphotericin B.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

amphotericin B

: an amphotericin that is typically administered by intravenous injection chiefly to treat serious, potentially life-threatening, systemic fungal infections

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