vancomycin

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noun van·co·my·cin \ˌvaŋ-kə-ˈmī-sən\

Definition of vancomycin

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of vancomycin

vanco- (of uncertain origin) + -mycin 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.


First Known Use: circa 1956


Medical Dictionary

vancomycin

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noun van·co·my·cin \ˌvaŋ-kə-ˈmīs-ən\

Medical Definition of vancomycin

  1. :  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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