more antibiotic

[ an-ti-bahy-ot-ik, -bee-, an-tee-, -tahy- ]SEE DEFINITION OF more antibiotic
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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.

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