from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A drug, C8H9NO5, that is derived from the bacterium Streptomyces clavuligerus and inhibits the action of beta-lactamase produced by bacteria, thereby counteracting bacterial resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics.
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- noun medicine An
inhibitorof enzymatic hydrolysisthat is added to penicillin antibiotics
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[New Latin clāvuligerus, specific epithet (from clāvula, spore, diminutive of Latin clāva, club) + –mycin.]
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