Definitions

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

  • n. A semisynthetic analogue of cephalosporin, C16H17N3O4S, used especially in the treatment of respiratory and urinary tract infections.

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  • n. A particular oral cephalosporin antibiotic.

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  • n. an oral cephalosporin (trade names Keflex and Keflin and Keftab) commonly prescribe for mild to moderately severe infections of the skin or ears or throat or lungs or urinary tract

Etymologies

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

Blend of cephal(ospor)in and ex- (probably alteration of hex(a)-, from the six carbon atoms comprising the phenyl group that distinguishes it from cephalosporin).

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