Definition of erythromycin in English:

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Pronunciation: /iˌriTHrəˈmīsin/


An antibiotic used in the treatment of infections caused by Gram-positive bacteria. It is similar in its effects to penicillin.
  • This is obtained from the streptomycete bacterium Streptomyces erythreus.
Example sentences
  • This strain was resistant to methicillin, cephalothin, gentamicin, erythromycin, chloramphenicol and tetracycline.
  • In its early stages, leptospirosis can be treated with antibiotics such as penicillin, streptomycin, tetracycline and erythromycin.
  • Treatment is with antibiotics such as erythromycin and tetracycline.


1950s: from elements of the modern Latin taxonomic name Streptomyces erythreus + -in1.

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Syllabification: e·ryth·ro·my·cin

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