colicin

noun co·li·cin \ ˈkō-lə-sən \
variants: or less commonly colicine play \ˈkō-lə-ˌsēn\

Definition of colicin

: any of various antibacterial substances produced by strains of intestinal bacteria (as of E. coli)

Origin and Etymology of colicin

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


Medical Dictionary

colicin

noun co·li·cin \ ˈkō-lə-sən \
variants: also colicine play \-ˌsēn\

medical Definition of colicin

: 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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