cross-resistance

noun cross-re·sis·tance \ ˌkrȯs-ri-ˈzi-stən(t)s \

Definition of cross-resistance

:tolerance (as of a bacterium) to a usually toxic substance (such as an antibiotic) that is acquired not as a result of direct exposure but by exposure to a related substance

First Known Use of cross-resistance

1946


Medical Dictionary

cross-resistance

noun cross-re·sis·tance \ ˌkrȯs-ri-ˈzis-tən(t)s \

medical Definition of cross-resistance

:tolerance (as of a bacteria, malignant cell, or insect) to a usually toxic substance (as an antibiotic, chemotherapy drug, or pesticide) that is acquired not as a result of direct exposure but by exposure to a related substance
  • The history of drug resistance in falciparum malaria suggests that these compounds may also enjoy only a short-lived glory and that cross-resistance with related compounds can be expected.
  • —David J. WylerThe Journal of the American Medical Association11 May 1984
  • … paclitaxel and docetaxel are being incorporated into adjuvant regimens on the basis of their antitumor activity in advanced breast cancer and the absence of cross-resistance with doxorubicin.
  • —Charles L. Shapiro, et al., The New England Journal of Medicine28 June 2001

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