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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.
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: of or relating to antibiotics.
The nurse applied an antibiotic ointment.
derivation: antibiotically (adv.)
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The word antibiotic contains the following parts:
-ic Latin and Greek adjective-forming suffix that means like, pertaining to
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The suffix -ic attaches to roots and words of Greek or Latin origin to form adjectives. A few words ending in -ic (magic , critic , music ) were adjectives that became nouns in Greek before they entered English, also as nouns.
-otic Greek adjective-forming suffix that means having or related to (a condition or state)
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The suffix -otic attaches to Greek roots to form adjectives corresponding to nouns ending in "-osis."