A water-soluble broad-spectrum antibiotic, C18H36O11N4, obtained from the soil bacterium Streptomyces kanamyceticus.(noun)
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Use "kanamycin" in a sentence
"Researchers found that more than 99% of persisters were killed when sugar was added to a class of antibiotics known as aminoglycosides, which includes gentamicin and kanamycin."
"But environmentalists and some scientists worry that a gene in the potato that confers resistance to kanamycin and neomycin, two important antibiotics, could breed bacteria that are resistant to the antibiotic."
"An independent studyby French scientist Gilles-Eric Seralini released in January 2009 has strengthened their claims, finding thatBtbrinjalproduces a protein that could induce resistance to the widely-used antibiotic kanamycin."