Definitions

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

  • n. Any of several antibacterial substances derived from an actinomycete related to Streptomyces virginiae, used chiefly as an additive in animal feed.

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  • n. An antibiotic, used in agriculture and in the fuel ethanol industry to prevent microbial contamination.

Etymologies

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

New Latin virginiae, specific epithet (from genitive sing. of Virginia, Virginia) + -mycin.

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After the bacterium Streptomyces virginiae + -mycin.

Examples

  • Ethanol producers use penicillin and a popular antibiotic called virginiamycin to kill bacteria.

    Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

  • Among others, ethanol producers use penicillin and a popular antibiotic called virginiamycin to kill bacteria.

    News & Features from Minnesota Public Radio

  • Clinicians also worry about vancomycin-resistant enterococci VRE, encouraged by the use of the antibiotic virginiamycin in livestock, Clostridium difficile, a serious intestinal bug developing resistance, and resistant Acinetobacter baumannii which has so afflicted US troops in Iraq it has been dubbed "Iraqibacter."

    Martha Rosenberg: Are You Eating Antibiotics Without Knowing It? Probably!

  • Casewell M, Freeman J, Friis C, Goossens H (2000) Avoparcin and virginiamycin as animal growth promoters: a plea for science in decision-making.

    PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles

  • But Canadian and American producers continue to use several of those banned drugs, including salinomycin for cattle, bactricin for chickens, turkeys and swine, tylosin in swine, and virginiamycin for chickens and swine.

    canada.com Top Stories

  • Rowles gives his pigs virginiamycin, which has been used in livestock for decades and is not absorbed by the gut.

    KDBC.com

  • The maker of virginiamycin declined to comment, but the company is expected to ask the FDA to approve the antibiotic as a human food additive.

    Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

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