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Related to bacterial resistance: Antibiotic resistance
the ability of certain strains of bacteria to develop a tolerance to specific antibiotics to which they once were susceptible.
The ability of bacteria to survive and cause continuous infection in the presence of antibiotics.See: antiviral resistance; antibiotic resistance; multidrug resistance; transfer factor
See also: resistance
Patient discussion about bacterial resistance
Q. Why Is it Important to Not Use Antibiotics Often? Why is my doctor always so reluctant to prescribe me antibiotics?
A. Antibiotic resistance has become a serious problem in both developed and underdeveloped nations. By 1984 half of those with active tuberculosis in the United States had a strain that resisted at least one antibiotic. In certain settings, such as hospitals and some childcare locations, the rate of antibiotic resistance is so high that the usual, low-cost antibiotics are virtually useless for treatment of frequently seen infections. This leads to more frequent use of newer and more expensive compounds, which in turn leads to the rise of resistance to those drugs. A struggle to develop new antibiotics ensues to prevent losing future battles against infection. Therefore the doctors try to avoid using antibiotics when it is not necessary, and try to keep a certain limited use of these medications.More discussions about bacterial resistance