Definition of cephalosporin in English:


Line breaks: ceph¦alo|sporin
Pronunciation: /ˌsɛfələ(ʊ)ˈspɔːrɪn
, ˌkɛ-/


  • Any of a group of semi-synthetic broad-spectrum antibiotics resembling penicillin.
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    • The antibiotics used were mainly cephalosporins, penicillins, fluoroquinolones, aminoglycosides, tetracyclines and antituberculosis drugs.
    • Major classes of antibiotics include tetracyclines, aminoglycosides, penicillins, cephalosporins, fluoroquinolones, streptogramins, sulfonamides, and erythromycins.
    • Patients who are allergic to penicillin can be treated with erythromycin or first-generation cephalosporins (if there is no immediate-type hypersensitivity to beta-lactam antibiotics).


1950s: from modern Latin Cephalosporium (genus providing moulds for this) + -in1.

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