Adjective "erythromycin" definition and examples

(Erythromycin may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ɪˌrɪθrə(ʊ)ˈmʌɪsɪn/

Definitions and examples

noun

An antibiotic used in the treatment of infections caused by Gram-positive bacteria. It is similar in its effects to penicillin.
  1. 'Treatment is with antibiotics such as erythromycin and tetracycline.'
  2. 'The most frequently used topical antibiotics are clindamycin and erythromycin.'

More definitions

1. Pharmacology. an antibiotic, C 37 H 67 NO 13 , produced by an actinomycete, Streptomyces erythraeus, used chiefly in the treatment of diseases caused by many Gram-positive and some Gram-negative organisms.

More examples(as adjective)

"solutions can be erythromycin."

Origin

1950s: from elements of the modern Latin taxonomic name Streptomyces erythreus + -in.