rifampin

noun
ri·​fam·​pin | \ rī-ˈfam-pən How to pronounce rifampin (audio) \
variants: or rifampicin \ rī-​ˈfam-​pə-​sən How to pronounce rifampin (audio) \

Definition of rifampin

: a semisynthetic antibiotic C43H58N4O12 used especially in the treatment of tuberculosis and to treat asymptomatic carriers of meningococci

Examples of rifampin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the past decade, scientists have come up with two shorter courses: a drug called rifampin taken every day for four months; or a combination of isoniazid and rifapentine, taken once weekly for three months. Apoorva Mandavilli, New York Times, "A Simple Regimen Can Prevent TB. Why Aren’t More People on It?," 23 Sep. 2019 Research has found that the antibiotic rifampin, which is used to treat tuberculosis, and griseofulvin, a drug used to treat fungal infections, may decrease the effectiveness of hormonal birth control pills. Korin Miller, SELF, "Can Antibiotics Actually Make Your Birth Control Fail?," 27 July 2017

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First Known Use of rifampin

1966, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rifampin

International Scientific Vocabulary, alteration of rifamycin, antibiotic derived from Streptomyces mediterranei

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“Rifampin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rifampin. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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rifampin

noun
ri·​fam·​pin | \ rī-ˈfam-pən How to pronounce rifampin (audio) \
variants: or rifampicin \ rī-​ˈfam-​pə-​sən How to pronounce rifampin (audio) \

Medical Definition of rifampin

: a semisynthetic antibiotic C43H58N4O12 that is used especially in the treatment of tuberculosis and to treat asymptomatic carriers of meningococci

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