bacitracin

noun bac·i·tra·cin \ ˌba-sə-ˈtrā-sᵊn \

Definition of bacitracin

: a polypeptide antibiotic isolated from a bacillus (Bacillus subtilis or B. licheniformis) and usually used topically especially against gram-positive bacteria

Origin and Etymology of bacitracin

New Latin Bacillus subtilis (species of bacillus producing the toxin) + Margaret Tracy born about 1936 American child in whose tissues it was found


Medical Dictionary

bacitracin

noun bac·i·tra·cin \ ˌbas-ə-ˈtrās-ᵊn \

medical Definition of bacitracin

: a polypeptide antibiotic isolated from a bacillus (Bacillus subtilis or B. licheniformis) and usually used topically especially against gram-positive bacteria

Biographical Note for bacitracin

  • Tracy play \ˈtrā-sē\, Margaret American hospital patient. The antibiotic bacitracin was first identified in 1945 in wound drainage from Margaret Tracy.

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