chloramphenicol

noun
chlor·​am·​phen·​i·​col | \ˌklȯr-ˌam-ˈfe-ni-ˌkȯl, -ˌkōl\

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. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "Bad news: From MRSA to LRSA," 15 June 2010

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First Known Use of chloramphenicol

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chloramphenicol

chlor- + amide + phen- + nitr- + glycol

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chloramphenicol

noun
chlor·​am·​phen·​i·​col | \ˌklōr-ˌam-ˈfen-i-ˌkȯl, ˌklȯr-, -ˌkōl \

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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