Definition of kanamycin in English:


Syllabification: kan·a·my·cin
Pronunciation: /ˌkanəˈmīsin


A broad-spectrum antibiotic obtained from a strain of bacteria.
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  • Doses of streptomycin, kanamycin, amikacin, and capreomycin must be adjusted in patients with renal failure because the kidneys excrete essentially all of these drugs.
  • Streptomycin, kanamycin, or amikacin also can be used as the fourth drug, when necessary.
  • To select for the plasmids (donors or transconjugants), we used kanamycin and chloramphenicol.


mid 20th century: from modern Latin Streptomyces kanamyceticus, the name of the source bacterium (see also -mycin).

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