Definition of "antibiotic" []

  • A substance, such as penicillin or streptomycin, produced by or derived from certain fungi, bacteria, and other organisms, that can destroy or inhibit the growth of other microorganisms. Antibiotics are widely used in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. (noun)
  • Of or relating to antibiotics. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to antibiosis. (adjective)
  • Destroying life or preventing the inception or continuance of life. (adjective)
  • Any of various chemical substances, such as penicillin, streptomycin, chloramphenicol, and tetracycline, produced by various microorganisms, esp fungi, or made synthetically and capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms, esp bacteria (noun)

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  • Of or relating to antibiotics (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "antibiotic" in a sentence
  • "The company's news, better than the market expected, was overshadowed by Smithfield's part in another story: The Russian Federation banned imports of pork from more U.S. plants because of what it called antibiotic contamination."
  • "Perhaps the most well known antibiotic is penicillin."
  • "When the antibiotic is found to have a fatal side effect, the company buries victims in a mass grave outside of town and kills others who know of the problem."