Definition of avermectin in English:


Line breaks: aver|mec¦tin
Pronunciation: /ˌeɪvəˈmɛktɪn/

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Any of a group of compounds with strong anthelmintic properties, isolated from a strain of bacteria. Chemically, they are macrocyclic lactones with a disaccharide ring attached.


1970s: from modern Latin (Streptomyces) averm(itilis), the name of the source actinomycete, + ect- (of unknown origin) + -in1.

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