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

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The peril of overusing antibiotics became apparent in the 1990s when MRSA (short for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), a deadly superbug, began terrorising hospitals in Europe and America. The Economist, "Attack of the superbugs: July 2041," 5 July 2019 It's usually treated with antifungal medicine but widespread overuse of antibiotics and antifungals has bred this superbug species of candida known as auris. CBS News, "Hospitals mobilize to fight deadly superbug doctors call a "double whammy"," 30 July 2019 Since there may be other factors that have led to the emergence of this superbug, the authors suggest more research is needed. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Climate crisis might be behind the rise of mysterious superbug C. auris, study suggests," 23 July 2019 The superbug is resistant to beta-lactam antibiotics, a broad-spectrum group which includes methicillin as well as oxacillin and the cephalosporins. Ranjit Devraj, Quartz India, "Superbugs have returned to haunt India’s hospitals," 23 July 2019 And chemicals on amphibian skin can help fight superbugs that current antibiotics cannot stop. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Battle to save Colorado high-country toads goes microbial with ground-breaking Purple Rain treatment," 13 July 2019 Working together as a phage cocktail, lytic phages can target and destroy superbugs. B David Zarley, The Verge, "These superbug-fighting viruses are making a comeback," 5 July 2019 Her curiosity led her to a Scientific American article about the over-use of antibiotics, and how that has led to the rise of superbugs. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Will this San Diego middle schooler save the world from superbugs?," 10 July 2019 Petting zoos pass on superbugs Researchers in Israel collected 382 samples of poop, skin, fur and feathers from more than 200 animals who lived in eight petting zoos in the country. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "New data shows petting zoos crawl with superbugs, potentially putting more kids at risk," 2 July 2019

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1945, in the meaning defined above

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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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