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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Gonorrhea has already proven too resistant to other antibiotics, including penicillin, tetracycline, and ciprofloxacin.
Of the countries surveyed around the world, 97% reported cases that were resistant to ciprofloxacin, the cheapest and most widely available treatment; 81% reported gonorrhea cases resistant to azithromycin; and 66% to cephalosporins.
Of the Enterococci, at least 90 percent of those found in each species were resistant to tetracycline; from 50 percent to 70 percent were resistant to erythromycin; and from 10 percent to 40 percent were resistant to ciprofloxacin and streptomycin —
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Origin and Etymology of ciprofloxacin
probably from International Scientific Vocabulary ci- (alteration of cycl-) + propyl + fluor- + ox- + az- + -mycin
First Known Use: 1983See Words from the same year
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