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Definition of spectinomycin

: 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

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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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First Known Use of spectinomycin

1964, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spectinomycin

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

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“Spectinomycin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spectinomycin. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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spec·​ti·​no·​my·​cin | \ ˌspek-tə-nō-ˈmīs-ᵊn How to pronounce spectinomycin (audio) \

Medical Definition of spectinomycin

: 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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