superbug

noun
su·​per·​bug | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌbəg How to pronounce superbug (audio) \

Definition of superbug

: a pathogenic microorganism and especially a bacterium that has developed resistance to the medications normally used against it

Examples of superbug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The buckwheat is unlikely to become a cash crop or yield chemicals in its leaves that would kill an antibiotic-resistant superbug. Gregory Barber, Wired, 17 June 2021 Days later, he was intubated after going through septic shock from contracting a superbug, and later died, his wife Dr. Diala Jaber said from the couple's home in Northport, New York. NBC News, 12 Dec. 2020 Days later, he was intubated after going through septic shock from contracting a superbug, and later died, his wife Dr. Diala Jaber said from the couple's home in Northport, New York. NBC News, 12 Dec. 2020 Days later, he was intubated after going through septic shock from contracting a superbug, and later died, his wife Dr. Diala Jaber said from the couple's home in Northport, New York. NBC News, 12 Dec. 2020 Days later, he was intubated after going through septic shock from contracting a superbug, and later died, his wife Dr. Diala Jaber said from the couple's home in Northport, New York. NBC News, 12 Dec. 2020 Pearl was fighting Clostridium difficile, a type of antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as a superbug. Star Tribune, 14 Jan. 2021 Days later, he was intubated after going through septic shock from contracting a superbug, and later died, his wife Dr. Diala Jaber said from the couple's home in Northport, New York. NBC News, 12 Dec. 2020 Days later, he was intubated after going through septic shock from contracting a superbug, and later died, his wife Dr. Diala Jaber said from the couple's home in Northport, New York. NBC News, 12 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of superbug

1945, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jun 2021

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“Superbug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/superbug. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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superbug

noun
su·​per·​bug | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌbəg How to pronounce superbug (audio) \

Medical Definition of superbug

: a pathogenic microorganism and especially a bacterium that has developed resistance to the medications normally used against it The rise of superbugs that can survive multiple antibiotics—such as MRSA, the notorious "flesh-eating bacterium"—has turned once-trivial infections into persistent problems.— Valerie Ross, Discover, 7 Sept. 2010

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