Definition of vancomycin in English:

vancomycin

Line breaks: vanco|mycin
Pronunciation: /ˌvaŋkəˈmʌɪsɪn
 
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noun

[mass noun] Medicine
A bacterial antibiotic used against resistant strains of streptococcus and staphylococcus.
  • This antibiotic is obtained from the bacterium Streptomyces orientalis
More example sentences
  • Other antibiotics like penicillin and vancomycin slow the bacteria's ability to manufacture cell walls.
  • MRSA infections were treated with vancomycin and one to two other antibiotics based on bacterial susceptibility.
  • Patients who become infected with MRSA are usually treated using expensive antibiotics such as vancomycin.

Origin

1950s: from vanco- (of unknown origin) + -mycin.

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