Definition of ampicillin in English:

ampicillin

Syllabification: am·pi·cil·lin
Pronunciation: /ˌampiˈsilin
 
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noun

Medicine
  • A semisynthetic form of penicillin used chiefly to treat infections of the urinary and respiratory tracts.
    More example sentences
    • If you are given treatment for a bacterial infection with the antibiotics ampicillin or amoxycillin, you may develop a rash of small red spots.
    • The patients had been treated with ampicillin, penicillin, or chloramphenicol.
    • For urinary tract infection, we examined resistance to ampicillin or amoxicillin and trimethoprim.

Origin

1960s: blend of amino and a contraction of penicillin.

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