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. Thomas Frieden:

    We risk being in a post-antibiotic world.

  2. Amesh Adalja:

    There may be limits to what antibiotic stewardship can do.

  3. Michael Steinberg:

    Smoking status alone should n’t be a reason to increase antibiotic rates.

  4. Robin Patel:

    If you don’t need an antibiotic, there are definite downsides to taking one.

  5. Rachael Jonrow:

    If your life has not already been touched by an antibiotic resistant disease, it probably will be at some point.

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