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Definition of "streptomycin" []

  • An antibiotic, C21H39O12N7, produced by the actinomycete Streptomyces griseus, used to treat tuberculosis and other bacterial infections. (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 "streptomycin" in a sentence
  • "(The story of Orwell and streptomycin is worth a read, too.)"
  • "I've already mentioned the mutations that occur in streptomycin resistance and to rifampicin in mycobacteria."
  • "The activity of streptomycin is principally bacteriostatic, i.e. it checks the bacterial growth and is in some degree also bacteriolytic, i.e. it destroys the tubercle bacillus."