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an·ti·bi·ot·ic(an'tē-bī-ot'ik), Avoid the jargonistic use of the plural antibiotics when the reference is to a single drug.
antibiotic/an·ti·bi·ot·ic/ (-bi-ot´ik) a chemical substance produced by a microorganism, which has the capacity to inhibit the growth of or to kill other microorganisms; antibiotics sufficiently nontoxic to the host are used in the treatment of infectious diseases.
antibioticadjective Relating to the destruction of living things.
noun A herb said to kill or inhibit bacterial growth.
(1) noun An agent obtained directly from a yeast or other organism and used against a bacterial infection.
(2) Any agent used to kill or reduce the growth of any infectious agent, including viruses, fungi and parasites.
noun A substance that interferes with a particular step of cellular metabolism, causing either bactericidal or bacteriostatic inhibition; sometimes restricted to those having a natural biological origin.
antibioticadjective Relating to the destruction of living things noun Medtalk
antibioticany substance produced by a microorganism that even in low concentrations can inhibit or kill other microorganisms. For example, PENICILLIN produced by the fungus Penicillium chrysogenum prevents the reproduction of many bacteria by preventing cell-wall synthesis. Antibiotics are frequently the products of secondary metabolism in that, while not of major importance, their formation presumably offers a selective advantage to the organism. The amount of antibiotic produced per gram of producer can be greatly enhanced by optimal culturing conditions and strong selection pressure over many generations. Unfortunately, most antibiotics are not lethal to viruses. Furthermore, continued use of an antibiotic against a generally susceptible strain of bacteria will favour survival of the few resistant members of the bacterial population, resulting eventually in an antibiotic-resistant strain.
an·ti·bi·ot·ic(an'tē-bī-ot'ik) Avoid the jargonistic use of the plural antibiotics when the reference is to a single drug.
Patient discussion about antibiotic
Q. Can I stop taking my Antibiotics? The Doctor prescribed me Antibiotics for 10 days. I have been taking them for 5 days and feel better. Can I stop taking them?
Q. Why Is it Important to Not Use Antibiotics Often? Why is my doctor always so reluctant to prescribe me antibiotics?
Q. Do Antibiotics cure a cold? I have a cold and a runny nose, should I take Antibiotics?