Definition of chloramphenicol
: a broad-spectrum antibiotic C11H12Cl2N2O5 isolated from cultures of a soil actinomycete (Streptomyces venezuelae) or prepared synthetically
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This Spanish outbreak, though, had a different cause, the importation of the cfr gene, which also mediates resistance to the older drugs clindamycin and chloramphenicol, apparently on a plasmid, possibly from a staph strain common in cows.
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Origin and Etymology of chloramphenicol
chlor- + amide + phen- + nitr- + glycol
First Known Use: 1949See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of chloramphenicol
: a broad-spectrum antibiotic C11H12Cl2N2O5 isolated from cultures of a soil actinomycete of the genus Streptomyces (S. venezuelae) or prepared synthetically
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