colicin

noun

co·​li·​cin ˈkō-lə-sən How to pronounce colicin (audio)
variants or less commonly colicine
: any of various antibacterial substances produced by strains of intestinal bacteria (as of E. coli)

Word History

Etymology

French colicine, from col- + -cine (as in streptomycine streptomycin)

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of colicin was in 1946

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Cite this Entry

“Colicin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/colicin. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

colicin

noun
co·​li·​cin ˈkō-lə-sən How to pronounce colicin (audio)
variants also colicine
: any of various antibacterial proteins that are produced by some strains of intestinal bacteria (as E. coli) having a specific plasmid and that often act to inhibit macromolecular synthesis in related strains
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