broad-spectrum love


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

  • adj. Widely applicable or effective: a broad-spectrum antibiotic.

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  • adj. having a wide scope or range of activity


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  • What's more, the most commonly used antibiotics in all patients with bacteria in their urine were quinolones, which are known as "broad-spectrum" antibiotics.

    Reuters: Press Release

  • And if fever and other signs suggest the possibility of severe infection, while waiting for definitive answers about whether there is infection, and if so, broad-spectrum antibiotics may be used.

    David Katz, M.D.: How True To Life Are Medical Dramas?

  • While some hospitals will start a broad-spectrum antibiotic right away, the group suggests a blood-culture test to identify the organism that is causing the infection—as long as it doesn't cause a significant delay in starting antibiotics.

    Faster Care for Blood Infection

  • Since terrorists can use almost anything to attack, Dr. Russell stresses the broad spectrum of their detoxifying agent, saying “that uncertainty calls for a single broad-spectrum decontamination material that can rapidly neutralize both kinds of threats and is easily delivered or administered, and it must not damage the environment where it is applied.”

    Combating Terrorism with an Environmentally Friendly Polymer | Inhabitat

  • It is a cheap, effective, broad-spectrum pesticide, said Siva Kumar, a pesticide trader in the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu.

    India resists efforts to ban pesticide

  • Between the Shrek brand recognition, the bright 3D, the broad-spectrum comedy and the prospect of cute cats dancing, it's hard to imagine a more mercilessly commercial proposition than this animated spin-off.

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  • A moment later, the image on the viewscreen shifted once again, this time to the silhouette of a Tholian, the reddish hue of its crystalline body dominating a broad-spectrum background.

    Star Trek: Typhon Pact Paths of Disharmony

  • Fluids, rest, an expectorant, and perhaps a broad-spectrum antibiotic like azithromycin - if there's a fever and productive cough - are the tried-and-true treatments for this thing.

    Creeping Crud

  • It concludes that broad-spectrum sunscreens—when used in sufficient amounts—probably protect against melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, and definitely protect against non-melanoma skin cancer, sunburn, and skin aging i.e., wrinkles.

    Going away for spring break? Don’t forget the sunscreen

  • The problem with such broad-spectrum therapies, Faustman knew, is that they suppress the good cells as well as the bad, which often meddles with other important functions of immune cells in the body, causing other diseases.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic


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