ciprofloxacin

noun
cip·​ro·​flox·​a·​cin | \ ˌsi-prə-ˈfläk-sə-sən How to pronounce ciprofloxacin (audio) , -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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Recent Examples on the Web All of them were resistant to at least seven antibiotics (azithromycin, ciprofloxacin, clindamycin, erythromycin, nalidixic acid, telithromycin, and tetracycline). Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Drugged puppies blamed for spreading diarrhea superbugs in multi-state outbreak," 21 Sep. 2018 During the anthrax scare in 2001, the U.S government successfully pushed Bayer, the manufacturer of the anti-anthrax treatment ciprofloxacin, to drop its drug price. Varoon Mathur, STAT, "Invoking Bayh-Dole may be needed to get affordable Covid-19 treatments," 2 Apr. 2020 Her doctor prescribed a third drug, ciprofloxacin, the last of the three major front-line medicines, and cultured her urine. Matt Richtel, BostonGlobe.com, "Common infection builds defenses and puts millions at risk," 13 July 2019 But while gonorrhea has been evolving ways to stop ciprofloxacin from getting in the way of topoisomerase, those strategies don’t work on the new drug. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "New anti-gonorrhea drug called “metal as f–k”," 15 Nov. 2018 That in itself isn’t new—the same tactic has been used by other antibiotics, including ciprofloxacin, one of the drugs that’s no longer recommended for treating gonorrhea. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "New anti-gonorrhea drug called “metal as f–k”," 15 Nov. 2018 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ciprofloxacin. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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ciprofloxacin

noun
cip·​ro·​flox·​a·​cin | \ ˌsip-rə-ˈfläk-sə-sən, -rō- How to pronounce ciprofloxacin (audio) \

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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