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Definition of "chloramphenicol" [chloramphenicol]

  • An antibiotic, C11H12Cl2N2O5, derived from the soil bacterium Streptomyces venezuelae or produced synthetically and effective against a broad spectrum of microorganisms. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "chloramphenicol" in a sentence
  • "In the surgical intensive care unit where patient 9 had been sent, the hospital was conducting a drug trial of an older antibiotic called chloramphenicol."
  • "The agency says the antibiotic, called chloramphenicol, is not approved for use in food, animal feed, or food-producing animals in the United States."
  • "Also, antibiotics such as chloramphenicol will inhibit the mitochondrial ribosome and the ribosomes of bacteria, but they won’t affect the function of the ribosomes in the cytosol of your cells."