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

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

an•ti•bi•ot•icˌæn tɪ baɪˈɒt ɪk, -bi-, ˌæn ti-, -taɪ-(n.)

  1. any of a large group of chemical substances, as penicillin and streptomycin, that are produced by various microorganisms and fungi, have the capacity in dilute solutions to inhibit the growth of or to destroy bacteria and other microorganisms, and are used in the treatment of infectious diseases.

    Category: Biochemistry

  2. (adj.)of or involving antibiotics.

    Category: Biochemistry

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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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. antibiotic(noun)ˌæn tɪ baɪˈɒt ɪk, -bi-, ˌæn ti-, -taɪ-

    a medication that cures infections

    powerful antibiotics


  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

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a medicine which is used to kill the bacteria that cause disease.

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