Definition of rifampin in English:


Syllabification: ri·fam·pin
Pronunciation: /riˈfampin
(also rifampicin /riˈfampəsin/)


  • A reddish-brown antibiotic used chiefly to treat tuberculosis and leprosy.
    • The antibiotic is obtained from the bacterium Nocardia mediterranei
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    • For the more commonly encountered methicillin-resistant coagulase-negative staphylococci, a combination of vancomycin, rifampin and gentamicin is indicated.
    • The sift did not reveal any deletions that make cells susceptible to amoxicillin, penicillin, rifampin or vancomycin, which are used to treat bacterial infections of the airways, stomach and skin.
    • The organisms are treatable with tetracycline, erythromycin, rifampin, and by the sulfonamides.


1960s: from rifam(yci)n (an antibiotic first isolated from the bacterium Streptomyces mediterranei) + the insertion of pi- from piperazine.

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