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

  • n. An antibiotic obtained from a strain of the actinomycete Streptomyces erythreus, effective against many gram-positive bacteria and some gram-negative bacteria.

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  • n. Any of a class of macrolide antibiotics produced by an actinomycete of the genus Streptomyces

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  • n. an antibiotic (trade name Erythrocin or E-Mycin or Ethril or Ilosone or Pediamycin) obtained from the actinomycete Streptomyces erythreus; effective against many Gram-positive bacteria and some Gram-negative


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  • Other polyketides include erythromycin, which is used to cure many bacterial infections, and doxorubin, which is used as an anti-cancer drug.

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  • In more severe cases, antibiotics such as erythromycin or a fluoroquinolone can be used, and can shorten the duration of symptoms if they are given early in the illness.


  • For persons who are allergic to penicillin, use another antibiotic such as erythromycin or a sulfa.

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  • They need to know if you have any of these conditions:; kidney disease; liver disease pneumonia stomach problems (especially colitis) other chronic illness; an unusual or allergic reaction to azithromycin other macrolide antibiotics (such as erythromycin), foods, dyes, or preservatives pregnant or trying to get pregnant breast-feeding


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  • The infant must be weighed; she needs erythromycin ointment over her eyes and a shot of vitamin K in her thigh.

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