kana·​my·​cin | \ ˌka-nə-ˈmī-sᵊn How to pronounce kanamycin (audio) \

Definition of kanamycin

: a broad-spectrum antibiotic from a Japanese soil streptomyces (Streptomyces kanamyceticus)

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Recent Examples on the Web High frequency of resistance to tetracycline, erythromycin, streptomycin, kanamycin, and ciprofloxacin in our study likely reflects use of tetracyclines, macrolides, aminoglycosides and fluoroquinolones as feed additives for swine in the USA… Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "Farm antibiotics, human illness and what connects them. (It has legs.)," 28 Jan. 2011

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First Known Use of kanamycin

1957, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kanamycin

New Latin kanamyceticus, specific epithet of Streptomyces kanamyceticus

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The first known use of kanamycin was in 1957

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“Kanamycin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kanamycin. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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kana·​my·​cin | \ ˌkan-ə-ˈmīs-ᵊn How to pronounce kanamycin (audio) \

Medical Definition of kanamycin

: a broad-spectrum antibiotic from a Japanese soil bacterium of the genus Streptomyces (S. kanamyceticus)

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