clavulanic acid

noun

clav·​u·​lan·​ic acid ˌklav-yə-ˌlan-ik- How to pronounce clavulanic acid (audio)
: a beta-lactam antibiotic C8H9NO5 produced by a bacterium of the genus Streptomyces (S. clavuligerus) that is a beta-lactamase inhibitor and is usually used in the form of its clavulanate salt of potassium especially in combination with amoxicillin see augmentin

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“Clavulanic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/clavulanic%20acid. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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