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pyocyanin

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noun pyo·cy·a·nin \ˌpī-ō-ˈsī-ə-nən\
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pyocyanine

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Medical Definition of pyocyanin

  1. :  a toxic blue crystalline pigment C13H10N2O that is formed in the metabolism of a bacterium of the genus Pseudomonas (P. aeruginosa), gives a bluish tint to pus infected with this organism, is a quinone imine related to phenazine, and has antibiotic activity especially toward gram-positive bacteria


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