viomycin

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noun vio·my·cin \ˌvī-ə-ˈmī-sən\

Definition of viomycin

  1. :  a polypeptide antibiotic C25H43N13O10 that is produced by several soil actinomycetes (genus Streptomyces) and is administered in the form of its sulfate in the treatment of tuberculosis

Origin and Etymology of viomycin

violet + -mycin; from the color of the soil organism


First Known Use: 1950


Medical Dictionary

viomycin

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noun vi·o·my·cin \ˌvī-ə-ˈmīs-ən\

Medical Definition of viomycin

  1. :  a basic polypeptide antibiotic that is produced by several soil actinomycetes of the genus Streptomyces (as S. puniceus) and is administered intramuscularly in the form of its sulfate C25H43N13O10·xH2SO4 in the treatment of tuberculosis especially in combination with other antituberculous drugs


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