Definition of vancomycin in English:


Line breaks: vanco|mycin
Pronunciation: /ˌvaŋkəˈmʌɪsɪn


[mass noun] Medicine
  • A bacterial antibiotic used against resistant strains of streptococcus and staphylococcus.
    • This antibiotic is obtained from the bacterium Streptomyces orientalis
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    • 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.


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

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