Adjective "vancomycin" definition and examples

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

Pronunciation

/ˌvaŋkəˈmʌɪsɪn/

Definitions and examples

noun

A bacterial antibiotic used against resistant strains of streptococcus and staphylococcus.
  1. 'Other antibiotics like penicillin and vancomycin slow the bacteria's ability to manufacture cell walls.'
  2. 'Already now in Australia we're isolating strains which have low level resistance to vancomycin.'

More definitions

1. a bactericidal antibiotic, C 66 H 75 ClN 9 O 24 , produced by Streptomyces orientalis, used in the treatment of antibiotic-associated colitis and endocarditis.

More examples(as adjective)

"antibiotics can be vancomycin."

Origin

1950s: from vanco- (of unknown origin) + -mycin.