Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A polypeptide antibiotic obtained from a strain of a bacterium (Bacillus subtilis) and used as a topical ointment in the treatment of certain bacterial infections, especially those caused by cocci.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a polypeptide antibacterial antibiotic of known chemical structure effective against several types of Gram-positive organisms, and usually used topically for superficial local infection.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A nonprescription antibiotic, usually provided in topical ointment form and discovered as a product of the bacterium Bacillus subtilis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a polypeptide antibiotic of known chemical structure effective against several types of Gram-positive organisms; usually applied locally

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

baci(llus) + Margaret Tracy, an American child in whose blood it was first isolated + -in.

Examples

  • It appears as honey-colored crusty lesions and can be treated with topical antibiotics like Bactroban (mupirocin—prescription-strength bacitracin) four times a day or oral antibiotics like amoxicillin-clavulanate (Augmentin) or erythromycin.

    You Raising Your Child

  • Oral antibiotics will treat it, as will Bactroban but not bacitracin; you need the prescription strength four times a day topically.

    You Raising Your Child

  • Not much I can do with my hair, she thought, applying the bacitracin to her face.

    WRECKED

  • Marzo et only three how such bacitracin efficient.

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  • Petroleum-based Vaseline, Neosporin, or bacitracin cream to keep wounds moist

    You Being Beautiful

  • Coat the area with bacitracin, Neosporin, or Vaseline.

    You Being Beautiful

  • For the small blisters, apply a sterile moisturizer like bacitracin or Neosporin twice a day and leave them intact.

    You Being Beautiful

  • "Wait -- I've got just the thing for that," I said, reaching for my bacitracin, gauze and tape the interns have well-stocked cargo pants.

    Front Row

  • I put the patient's hand on the clerk's desk and squirted some bacitracin onto the gauze.

    Front Row

  • Hooray for 10-day antibiotic treatments and bacitracin.

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