spectinomycin

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noun spec·ti·no·my·cin \ˌspek-tə-nō-ˈmī-sən\

Definition of spectinomycin

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of spectinomycin

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


First Known Use: 1964


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spectinomycin

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noun spec·ti·no·my·cin \ˌspek-tə-nō-ˈmīs-ən\

Medical Definition of spectinomycin

  1. :  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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