broad-spectrum

adjective
broad-spec·​trum | \ ˈbrȯd-ˈspek-trəm How to pronounce broad-spectrum (audio) \

Definition of broad-spectrum

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

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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broad-spectrum

adjective

Medical Definition of broad-spectrum

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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