Definition of spectinomycin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌspɛktɪnə(ʊ)ˈmʌɪsɪn/


[mass noun] Medicine
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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