Definition of broad-spectrum in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˌbrôd ˈspektrəm/


Denoting antibiotics, pesticides, etc., effective against a large variety of organisms.
Example sentences
  • The patient was treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics, verapamil and digoxin, and oxygen, and anticoagulation was adjusted.
  • He was admitted to the intensive care unit in septic shock and was treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics and vasopressors.
  • In hospital, painkillers and broad-spectrum antibiotics are given to clear up the infection.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: broad-spec·trum

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.