oxytetracycline

noun

oxy·​tet·​ra·​cy·​cline ˌäk-si-ˌte-trə-ˈsī-ˌklēn How to pronounce oxytetracycline (audio)
: a yellow crystalline broad-spectrum antibiotic C22H24N2O9 produced by a soil actinomycete (Streptomyces rimosus)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In humans, the drugs, oxytetracycline and streptomycin, are used to treat pneumonia, syphilis and a broad array of infections. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, 16 Aug. 2019 The study, published last week in the journal Phytopathology, found that spraying the drug oxytetracycline on trees had no detectable impact on the bacterial disease know as citrus greening that slowly kills orange and grapefruit trees. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, 16 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oxytetracycline was in 1952

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Cite this Entry

“Oxytetracycline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxytetracycline. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

oxytetracycline

noun

oxy·​tet·​ra·​cy·​cline -ˌte-trə-ˈsī-ˌklēn How to pronounce oxytetracycline (audio)
: a yellow crystalline broad-spectrum antibiotic C22H24N2O9 produced by a soil actinomycete of the genus Streptomyces (S. rimosus) see terramycin

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