antibiotic

[ an-ti-bahy-ot-ik, -bee-, an-tee-, -tahy- ]SEE DEFINITION OF antibiotic
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The books started with the specifications for antibiotic growth equipment for colonies with problems in local bacteria.

But the discovery of what substance should be added to what antibiotic was largely one of trial and error.

WORD ORIGIN

1894, "destructive to micro-organisms," from French antibiotique (c.1889), from anti- "against" (see anti-) + biotique "of (microbial) life," from Late Latin bioticus "of life" (see biotic). As a noun, first recorded 1941 in works of U.S. microbiologist Selman Waksman (1888-1973), discoverer of streptomycin. Earlier the adjective was used in a sense "not from living organisms" in debates over the origins of certain fossils.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ANTIBIOTIC

antiseptic

adjectivecompletely clean, uncontaminated; decontaminating
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