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A class of broad-spectrum bactericidal β-lactam antibiotics (for example, imipenem) that bind to penicillin-binding protein 2 and thereby interfere with cell wall structure; they are highly resistant to β-lactamases and easily penetrate bacterial walls.
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carbapenemsA range of antibiotic drugs that are derivatives of thienamycin produced from Streptomyces cattleya . The carbapenems act by inhibiting the synthesis of the bacterial wall and are bactericidal. They have a broad spectrum of action against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative organisms.
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Broad-spectrum bactericidal β-lactam antibiotics that bind to penicillin-binding protein and thereby interfere with cell wall structure.
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