colistin

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noun co·lis·tin \kə-ˈli-stən, kō-\

Definition of colistin

  1. :  a polymyxin produced by a bacterium (Bacillus polymyxa var. colistinus) from Japanese soil

Origin and Etymology of colistin

New Latin colistinus, specific epithet of the bacterium producing it


First Known Use: 1951


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colistin

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noun co·lis·tin \kə-ˈlis-tən, kō-\

Medical Definition of colistin

  1. :  a polymyxin produced by a bacterium of the genus Bacillus (B. polymyxa var. colistinus) and used against some gram-negative pathogens especially of the genera Pseudomonas, Escherichia, Klebsiella, and Shigella


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