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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, "How Worried Do You Really Need to Be About So-Called ‘Super Gonorrhea'?," 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 23 Sep. 2020.

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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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