superbug

noun
su·per·bug | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌbəg \

Definition of superbug 

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

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India’s low research costs and deep pool of biotech graduates mean Bugworks isn’t alone in trying to stem the superbug tide. Ari Altstedter, Bloomberg.com, "The Startups Waging War Against Superbugs," 25 June 2018 The startup is working with bacteria-eating viruses called phages to isolate proteins that can make superbug-killing drugs. Ari Altstedter, Bloomberg.com, "The Startups Waging War Against Superbugs," 25 June 2018 The misuse and overuse of the drugs, which is unlikely to stop soon, cause the mutations which lead to superbugs. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "New “Immunobiotic” Could Treat Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs," 6 July 2018 Yeast is a fungus, but C. auris is behaving like a bacterium — in fact, like a bacterial superbug. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "The Strange and Curious Case of the Deadly Superbug Yeast," 13 July 2018 But the strain identified at the Orange County facility is more of a superbug, which produces enzymes that can break down a range of antibiotics in the penicillin family. Naseem S. Miller, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Penicillin-resistant superbug found in Orange County facility, CDC report says," 5 June 2018 Already blamed for breeding resistance in bacteria and thus creating superbugs, antibiotic overuse is now a suspect in killing off good as well as bad bacteria in the human gut. Fortune, "Why Washing Your Hands Too Much Could Make You Sick," 12 June 2018 But that doesn't mean eating undercooked meat today will spark a superbug outbreak. Kate Sheridan, Newsweek, "Ancient Mexican Civilization Nearly Wiped Out by Something Stuck in Their Teeth, New DNA Evidence Reveals," 15 Jan. 2018 Related Drug-resistant superbugs are now found virtually everywhere. NBC News, "Why some bacteria eat antibiotics and what we can do about it," 30 Apr. 2018

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1945, in the meaning defined above

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superbug

noun
su·per·bug | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌbəg \

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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