spectinomycin

noun

spec·​ti·​no·​my·​cin ˌspek-tə-nō-ˈmī-sᵊn How to pronounce spectinomycin (audio)
: a white crystalline broad-spectrum antibiotic C14H24N2O7 produced by a bacterium (Streptomyces spectabilis) that is used clinically especially in the form of its hydrochloride to treat gonorrhea

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The only antibiotic the strain showed susceptibility to in the lab tests was spectinomycin, which doctors prescribed next. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 31 May 2018

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Word History

Etymology

spect- (from New Latin spectabilis, specific epithet of Streptomyces spectabilis) + actinomycin

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spectinomycin was in 1964

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“Spectinomycin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spectinomycin. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

spectinomycin

noun

spec·​ti·​no·​my·​cin ˌspek-tə-nō-ˈmīs-ᵊn How to pronounce spectinomycin (audio)
: a white crystalline broad-spectrum antibiotic derived from a bacterium of the genus Streptomyces (S. spectabilis) that is used clinically especially in the form of its hydrated dihydrochloride C14H24N2O7·2HCl·5H2O to treat gonorrhea

called also actinospectacin

see trobicin

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