broad-spectrum

adjective

broad-spec·​trum ˈbrȯd-ˈspek-trəm How to pronounce broad-spectrum (audio)
1
: effective against a wide range of organisms (such as insects or bacteria)
a broad-spectrum antibiotic
2
: effective in protecting skin from ultraviolet radiation by absorbing or blocking both UVA and UVB rays
broad-spectrum sunscreens

Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of broad-spectrum was in 1950

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“Broad-spectrum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/broad-spectrum. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

broad-spectrum

adjective
1
: effective against a wide range of organisms (as insects or bacteria)
broad-spectrum antibiotics
compare narrow-spectrum
2
: effective in protecting skin from ultraviolet radiation by absorbing or blocking both UVA and UVB rays
broad-spectrum suncreen
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