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gentamicin Line breaks: gen¦ta|mi¦cin
Pronunciation: /ˌdʒɛntəˈmʌɪsɪn/

Definition of gentamicin in English:


[mass noun]
A broad-spectrum antibiotic used chiefly for severe systemic infections.
  • This antibiotic is derived from bacteria of the genus Micromonospora
Example sentences
  • Some antibiotics, such as gentamicin, penicillin G, tetracycline, methicillin, erythromycin, and vancomycin, are not compatible with heparin.
  • Treatment with ampicillin supplemented with gentamicin or tobramycin for two to six weeks is best.
  • The preferred and most effective drug of choice to treat tularemia is streptomycin or gentamicin.


1960s: from genta- (of unknown origin) + -micin (alteration of -mycin).

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