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 Those who have seen robots only in movies may also become more open to their increasing integration into daily life, and equipment once seen as a costly luxury may become indispensable to avert the risk of becoming infected by a superbug. Chase Difeliciantonio, SFChronicle.com, "In a post-coronavirus world, robots may rejigger work as much as they replace it," 24 May 2020 The first one, released six years ago, estimated more than 23,000 US deaths and more than 2 million infections each year from superbugs. BostonGlobe.com, "The new report marks only the second time the CDC has tried to measure the numbers of US illnesses and deaths attributed to drug-resistant germs.," 14 Nov. 2019 The 2013 report estimated more than 23,000 U.S. deaths and more than 2 million infections each year from superbugs. Washington Post, "US superbug infections rising, but deaths are falling," 13 Nov. 2019 Experts predict that without a major change in today’s treatment paradigm, deaths from superbugs will surpass deaths from cancer by 2050. Eric Stern, STAT, "New diagnostic tools are essential in the battle against antibiotic resistance," 24 Oct. 2019 Wild speculation followed that the coronavirus was a virulent or mutated superbug. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "What We Don’t Know about the Coronavirus Is What Scares Us," 5 Mar. 2020 Their milk contains a unique antibacterial protein that could lead to new, superbug-resistant antibiotics, according to scientists at Deakin University in Australia. Helen Sullivan, New York Times, "Can the World’s Strangest Mammal Survive?," 4 Feb. 2020 Having evolved defenses to withstand the onslaught of modern antibiotics, superbugs are considered among the gravest and most intractable of global menaces. Smithsonian, "Soil From a Northern Ireland Graveyard May Lead Scientists to a Powerful New Antibiotic," 19 Dec. 2019 The global health community has long warned of a possible superbug catastrophe. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Scientists are turning to A.I. to discover new antibiotics that can fight superbugs," 25 Feb. 2020

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1945, in the meaning defined above

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“Superbug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/superbug. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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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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