Definitions

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

  • noun An antibiotic, C66H75Cl2N9O24, produced by the actinomycete Amycolatopsis orientalis (formerly Streptomyces orientalis), found in Indonesian and Indian soil, and effective against staphylococci and spirochetes.

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  • noun medicine A glycopeptide antibiotic, produced by the actinomycete Amycolaptosis orientalis, used against Gram-positive bacteria, especially staphylococci and enterococci.

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  • noun an antibiotic (trade name Vancocin) effective against some bacterial infections

Etymologies

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

[vanco- (from shortening and alteration of vanquish) + –mycin.]

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vanco- +‎ -mycin

Examples

  • It was called vancomycin, and it was famous in hospitals as a drug of last resort.

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  • It was called vancomycin, and it was famous in hospitals as a drug of last resort.

    SUPERBUG

  • It was called vancomycin, and it was famous in hospitals as a drug of last resort.

    SUPERBUG

  • Five months after her surgery, Stephanie had to spend two hours a day hooked up to this IV, receiving a special antibiotic called vancomycin through a line implanted it in her chest.

    CNN Transcript Jun 4, 2006

  • Five months after her surgery, Stephanie had to spend two hours a day hooked up to this IV, receiving a special antibiotic called vancomycin through a line implanted it in her chest.

    CNN Transcript Jun 3, 2006

  • The current treatment is with an antibiotic called vancomycin, but the fear is that the bacteria could become resistant to this drug, too.

    Medlogs - Recent stories

  • The current treatment is with an antibiotic called vancomycin, but the fear is that the bacteria could become resistant to this drug, too.

    Medlogs - Recent stories

  • The current treatment is with an antibiotic called vancomycin, but the fear is that the bacteria could become resistant to this drug, too.

    Medlogs - Recent stories

  • The patients were stratified according to the type of antibiotics used in association with gentamycin, namely vancomycin, amoxicillin, or other antibiotics (including patients treated with oxacillin and those who alternatively received amoxicillin and vancomycin).

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  • A last-resort therapy using an antibiotic called vancomycin had failed.

    Telegraph.co.uk: news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph

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