puromycin

noun
pu·​ro·​my·​cin | \ ˌpyu̇r-ə-ˈmī-sᵊn How to pronounce puromycin (audio) \

Definition of puromycin

: an antibiotic C22H29N7O5 that is obtained from an actinomycete (Streptomyces alboniger) and is a potent inhibitor of protein synthesis

First Known Use of puromycin

1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for puromycin

purine + -o- + -mycin

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“Puromycin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puromycin. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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puromycin

noun
pu·​ro·​my·​cin | \ ˌpyu̇r-ə-ˈmīs-ᵊn How to pronounce puromycin (audio) \

Medical Definition of puromycin

: an antibiotic C22H29N7O5 that is obtained from an actinomycete of the genus Streptomyces (S. alboniger) and is used especially as a potent inhibitor of protein synthesis in microorganisms and mammalian cells

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