carbapenem

noun car·ba·pen·em \ ˌkär-bə-ˈpe-nəm \

Definition of carbapenem

:any of a class of broad-spectrum antibiotics (such as imipenem) resistant to hydrolysis by beta-lactamase
  • Another class of antibiotics, carbapenems, is used as an antibiotic of last resort for the most persistent infections.
  • —Nicholas Bakalar

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First Known Use of carbapenem

1979


Medical Dictionary

carbapenem

noun car·ba·pen·em \ ˌkär-bə-ˈpe-nəm \

medical Definition of carbapenem

:any of a class of broad-spectrum beta-lactam antibiotics (such as imipenem) having a five-membered ring system similar to the penicillins but containing a carbon atom instead of a sulfur atom
  • It rendered the Klebsiella, which was already resistant to many antibiotics used in critical care medicine, insensitive to the only remaining group that worked reliably and safely—the carbapenems, the so-called drugs of last resort.
  • —Maryn McKennaScientific AmericanApril 2011

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