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antibiotic

an·ti·bi·ot·ic

antibiotic

 
pronunciation:
aen ti baI a tihk
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition: any of various substances derived from fungi or other organisms and used to destroy or prevent the growth of bacteria or other disease-causing organisms.
The doctor prescribed an antibiotic for the infection.The development of antibiotics revolutionized medicine.
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part of speech: adjective
definition: of or relating to antibiotics.
The nurse applied an antibiotic ointment.
derivation: antibiotically (adv.)
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  bacteria, disease, drug, fungus
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