ciprofloxacin

noun
cip·ro·flox·a·cin | \ ˌsi-prə-ˈfläk-sə-sən , -prō- \

Definition of ciprofloxacin 

: a broad-spectrum fluoroquinolone antibiotic C17H18FN3O3 that is often administered in the form of its hydrochloride C17H18FN3O3·HCl and is effective especially against gram-negative bacteria

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In 2007, ciprofloxacin still made up almost half of prescriptions for gonorrhea. Sophie Cousins, CNN, "Wherever you are in the world, time is running out for treating gonorrhea," 15 May 2018 According to the Mayo Clinic, in those cases, your doctor may prescribe other antibiotics, such as ciprofloxacin or nitazoxanide. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Here Are the Symptoms of Cyclosporiasis, the Illness Linked to Recalled Vegetable Trays," 9 July 2018 The bacteria that have grown will be measured for resistance to five antibiotics, including ciprofloxacin and the last-resort drugs cefixime and ceftriaxone. Sophie Cousins, CNN, "Wherever you are in the world, time is running out for treating gonorrhea," 15 May 2018 The outbreak strain of C. jejuni could withstand three antibiotics: tetracycline, nalidixic acid, and ciprofloxacin. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Raw milk is trending for some reason—so are nasty, drug-resistant infections," 11 Feb. 2018 At least one of them turned up with resistance to a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones, which contains ciprofloxacin among other common antibiotics. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Mysterious explosion of a deadly plague may come down to a sugar in ice cream," 10 Jan. 2018 Jessica was started on ciprofloxacin and saw an ENT the next day. Rick Pescatore, Philly.com, "Medical mystery: A teen's ear piercing goes awry," 20 Oct. 2017 Generally, outpatient treatment with a fluoroquinolone antibiotic such as ciprofloxacin is appropriate, though as pseudomonas’ resistance grows stronger, some patients may require hospitalization for a course of intravenous antibiotics. Rick Pescatore, Philly.com, "Medical mystery: A teen's ear piercing goes awry," 20 Oct. 2017 Most people with Campylobacter get better on their own but severe cases may be treated with antibiotics such as azithromycin or ciprofloxacin. Maggie Fox, NBC News, "Infected Puppies Put 9 in Hospital, Sicken 30 More," 11 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of ciprofloxacin

1983, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ciprofloxacin

probably from International Scientific Vocabulary ci- (alteration of cycl-) + propyl + fluor- + ox- + az- + -mycin

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ciprofloxacin

noun
cip·ro·flox·a·cin | \ ˌsip-rə-ˈfläk-sə-sən, -rō- \

Medical Definition of ciprofloxacin 

: a fluoroquinolone C17H18FN3O3 that is often administered in the form of its hydrochloride C17H18FN3O3·HCl and is effective especially against gram-negative bacteria — see cipro

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