superbug

noun su·per·bug \ ˈsü-pər-ˌbəg \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

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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First Known Use of superbug

1945


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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 RossDiscover7 Sept. 2010

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