erythromycin

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noun eryth·ro·my·cin \i-ˌrith-rə-ˈmī-sən\

Definition of erythromycin

  1. :  a broad-spectrum antibiotic C37H67NO13 produced by an actinomycete (Saccharopolyspora erythraea synonym Streptomyces erythraeus) and administered orally or topically

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First Known Use of erythromycin

1952


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erythromycin

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noun eryth·ro·my·cin \i-ˌrith-rə-ˈmīs-ən\

Medical Definition of erythromycin

  1. :  a broad-spectrum macrolide antibiotic C37H67NO13 that is produced by an actinomycetous bacterium (Saccharopolyspora erythraea synonym Streptomyces erythraeus), resembles penicillin in antibacterial activity, and is used (as in the form of its estolate or stearate) to treat bacterial infections or sometimes infections caused by other microbes (as amoebas) Erythromycin may be administered orally, topically, or by injection.


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