vancomycin

noun
van·​co·​my·​cin | \ ˌvaŋ-kə-ˈmī-sᵊn How to pronounce vancomycin (audio) \

Definition of vancomycin

: an antibiotic C66H75Cl2N9O24 derived from an actinomycete (Amycolatopsis orientalis synonym Streptomyces orientalis) that is effective against gram-positive bacteria and is used chiefly in the form of its hydrochloride C66H75Cl2N9O24·HCl especially against staphylococci resistant to methicillin

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Recent Examples on the Web The organisation’s first contract, with Xelia, a Danish drugs firm, is for vancomycin and daptomycin, antibiotics for highly resistant infections. The Economist, "A dire scarcity of drugs is worsening, in part, because they are so cheap," 14 Sep. 2019 First the antibiotic vancomycin was used to knock down the number of microbes in their guts. Bob Roehr, Smithsonian, "How the Gut Microbiome Could Provide a New Tool to Treat Autism," 14 June 2019 Treatment with vancomycin, a powerful antibiotic that is not absorbed in the bloodstream but stays in the gut, could bring temporary relief. Bob Roehr, Smithsonian, "How the Gut Microbiome Could Provide a New Tool to Treat Autism," 14 June 2019 Is vancomycin needed to knock down the existing microbial ecosystem prior to an influx of healthy gut bacteria? Bob Roehr, Smithsonian, "How the Gut Microbiome Could Provide a New Tool to Treat Autism," 14 June 2019 Civica Rx, the nonprofit drugmaking venture established by the hospitals, plans to begin distributing vancomycin hydrochloride and daptomycin before the end of September, according to Civica’s chief executive. Melanie Evans, WSJ, "Hospital Drug-Making Venture Picks Antibiotics as First Products," 15 May 2019 Researchers were able to identify a chemical defense from the sponges that appeared more potent than the medicine, vancomycin, given intravenously to combat the C.diff. Anne Geggis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Sea sponges may hold key to fighting killer infections," 22 June 2018 The comprehensive 2,500-word document took issue with a gamut of things—and recounted an incident in which the plant received a complaint about particulate matter found in an injection of the antibiotic vancomycin. Erika Fry, Fortune, "Critical Condition: Inside Pfizer’s Drug Supply Problem," 22 May 2018 In that study, 8 of 10 boys with severe autism showed significant improvements while taking the antibiotic vancomycin. John Rodakis, WSJ, "Autism Research Should Be Financed Like Venture Capital," 28 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of vancomycin

circa 1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vancomycin

vanco- (of uncertain origin) + -mycin

Note: The claim by recent authors that vanco- is formed from the verb vanquish (see, for example, Donald P. Levine, "Vancomycin: a history," Clinical Infectious Diseases, vol. 42, supplement 1, pp. S5-12) is not substantiated by early sources.

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“Vancomycin.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vancomycin. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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vancomycin

noun
van·​co·​my·​cin | \ ˌvaŋ-kə-ˈmīs-ᵊn How to pronounce vancomycin (audio) \

Medical Definition of vancomycin

: an antibiotic C66H75Cl2N9O24 derived from an actinomycete (Amycolatopsis orientalis synonym Streptomyces orientalis synonym Nocardia orientalis) that is effective against gram-positive bacteria and is used chiefly in the form of its hydrochloride C66H75Cl2N9O24·HCl especially against staphylococci resistant to methicillin — see vancocin

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