flu·​o·​ro·​quin·​o·​lone ˌflu̇r-ō-ˈkwi-nə-ˌlōn How to pronounce fluoroquinolone (audio)
: any of a group of fluorinated derivatives of quinolone that are used as antibacterial drugs

Examples of fluoroquinolone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By the 1990s, the CDC was forced to switch to a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones, including ciprofloxacin (Cipro). Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 28 Mar. 2024 Hailey Sebert is raising awareness about fluoroquinolone toxicity — the rare and sometimes debilitating side effects from a certain class of antibiotics Hailey Sebert and her two sons used to love taking advantage of the weather in their Long Beach, Calif., hometown. Cara Lynn Shultz, Peoplemag, 19 Apr. 2024 Common antibiotics like gentamicin and fluoroquinolones are first-line treatment for plague, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 13 Feb. 2024 Many of the infections are caused by E. coli, and much of this E. coli is already resistant to fluoroquinolones, the antibiotics commonly used to treat these types of infections. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, 8 May 2023 The cause was long-term complications of a toxic reaction to the antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones, his wife, Mary Caldwell, wrote on Twitter. Alex Williams, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2023 While no cause of death was provided, Caldwell had struggled with health issues over the past six years, which Mary cited as a result of an adverse reaction to fluoroquinolone antibiotic. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 15 Mar. 2023 Floxing occurs in the body due to mitochondrial damage and oxidative stress caused by an adverse effect from a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 15 Mar. 2023 Note:To be specific, XDR-TB is resistant to the two first-line drugs, isoniazid and rifampin, used to treat TB initially, plus any fluoroquinolone and at least one of three injectable second-line drugs (i.e., amikacin, kanamycin, or capreomycin). Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 7 Mar. 2013

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Word History

First Known Use

1984, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fluoroquinolone was in 1984

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Medical Definition


flu·​o·​ro·​quin·​o·​lone -ˈkwin-ə-ˌlōn How to pronounce fluoroquinolone (audio)
: any of a group of fluorinated derivatives (such as ciprofloxacin and levofloxacin) of quinolone that are used as antibacterial drugs

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