What does antibiotic mean?

Definitions for antibioticˌæn tɪ baɪˈɒt ɪk, -bi-, ˌæn ti-, -taɪ-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word antibiotic.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. antibiotic, antibiotic drug(adj)

    a chemical substance derivable from a mold or bacterium that can kill microorganisms and cure bacterial infections

    "when antibiotics were first discovered they were called wonder drugs"

  2. antibiotic(adj)

    of or relating to antibiotic drugs


  1. antibiotic(n.)

    any chemical substance having therapeutically useful antibacterial or antifungal activity; -- used commonly but loosely for synthetic as well as natural antimicrobial agents.

  2. antibiotic(adj.)

    having antimicrobial activity; capable of killing microbes.


  1. antibiotic(Noun)

    Any substance that can destroy or inhibit the growth of bacteria and similar microorganisms.

  2. antibiotic(Adjective)

    Of or relating to antibiotics.

  3. Origin: From antibiotique, coined in 1889 by P. Vuillemin from anti- and biotique, from βιωτικός (from βίος, from gʷeih₃w-), perhaps influenced by ἀντίϐιος


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of antibiotic in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of antibiotic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Kevin Kedra:

    Cubist is a company that built itself into an antibiotic power when bigger companies were getting out the business.

  2. Amesh Adalja:

    The risk-benefit calculation [of many medical procedures] could be altered if the rise in antibiotic resistance continues.

  3. Amesh Adalja:

    If antibiotic resistance continues to increase, all of the stuff that’s part of modern medicine and done routinely will become more dangerous.

  4. Thomas Szasz:

    The greatest analgesic, soporific, stimulant, tranquilizer, narcotic, and to some extent even antibiotic --in short, the closest thing to a genuine panacea --known to medical science is work.

  5. Lauri Hicks:

    Doctors are often under a lot of time pressure, so doctors can also provide resources to guide patients, like hand-outs and, if appropriate, websites that have more information about appropriate antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance( e.g. www.cdc.gov/getsmart).

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