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spectinomycin Syllabification: spec·ti·no·my·cin
Pronunciation: /ˌspektənəˈmīsin/

Definition of spectinomycin in English:


A bacterial antibiotic used as an alternative to penicillin.
  • The drug is obtained from the bacterium Streptomyces spectabilis
Example sentences
  • For penicillin-allergic patients, an alternative is spectinomycin.
  • In Streptomyces, myo-inositol is used in the synthesis of antibiotics, such as spectinomycin.
  • If the condition does not clear up after treatment by traditional antibiotics, your doctor may prescribe stronger variations such as quinolene, ceftriaxone, cefotaxime or spectinomycin.


1960s: from the specific epithet spectabilis (see above), literally 'visible, remarkable' + -mycin.

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