cephalosporin

noun
ceph·​a·​lo·​spo·​rin | \ ˌse-fə-lə-ˈspȯr-ən How to pronounce cephalosporin (audio) \

Definition of cephalosporin

: any of several antibiotics produced by an imperfect fungus (genus Acremonium synonym Cephalosporium)

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Recent Examples on the Web The researchers examined which children had been given prescriptions for penicillin, penicillin with B-lactamase inhibitor, cephalosporin, sulfonamide or macrolide within the first six months of life. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Antibiotics in infancy tied to allergies in childhood, new research suggests," 20 Dec. 2019 Inside, the investigator found a computer running tests on ingredients for cephalosporin, an oral antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections. Katherine Eban, WIRED, "8 Ways Overseas Drug Manufacturers Dupe the FDA," 7 Aug. 2019 The superbug is resistant to beta-lactam antibiotics, a broad-spectrum group which includes methicillin as well as oxacillin and the cephalosporins. Ranjit Devraj, Quartz India, "Superbugs have returned to haunt India’s hospitals," 23 July 2019 Subsequent to the transplant, the patients developed invasive infections from an E. coli strain that was resistant to a wide variety of antibiotics in the penicillin and cephalosporin groups. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "One dead after poop transplant gone wrong, FDA warns," 14 June 2019 Yet, while there are many cephalosporins, only a handful have been reported to cause this reaction. Richard Klasco, New York Times, "Can I Drink Alcohol While Taking Antibiotics?," 15 June 2018 Most of these are cephalosporins, a class of broad-spectrum antibiotics that are used to treat a variety of infections. Richard Klasco, New York Times, "Can I Drink Alcohol While Taking Antibiotics?," 15 June 2018 In some cases, the results and your personal sensitivities to certain antibiotics like penicillin or cephalosporin may indicate that nitrofurantoin or trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole are the best way to go. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s What You Need to Know About Treating a UTI While Pregnant," 18 Jan. 2018 The bacteria produce an enzyme called Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase that makes a range of antibiotics ineffective, including beta-lactams, penicillins, and cephalosporins. NBC News, "What Is CRE and Why Do People Catch it?," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of cephalosporin

1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cephalosporin

New Latin Cephalosporium, genus of fungi + -in entry 1

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“Cephalosporin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cephalosporin. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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cephalosporin

noun
ceph·​a·​lo·​spo·​rin | \ ˌsef-ə-lə-ˈspōr-ən, -ˈspȯr- How to pronounce cephalosporin (audio) \

Medical Definition of cephalosporin

: any of several beta-lactam antibiotics produced by an imperfect fungus of the genus Acremonium or made semisynthetically

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