Definition of erythromycin in English:

erythromycin

Syllabification: e·ryth·ro·my·cin
Pronunciation: /iˌriTHrəˈmīsin
 
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noun

Medicine
  • 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
    More 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.

Origin

1950s: from elements of the modern Latin taxonomic name (see above) + -in1.

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