Definition of amoxycillin in English:


(also amoxicillin)


mass nounMedicine
  • A semi-synthetic penicillin closely related to ampicillin and with similar properties, but more readily absorbed when taken orally.

    • ‘Most of the medicines were antibiotics, such as amoxycillin and ampicillin.’
    • ‘The curative treatment recommended for endocarditis combines penicillin or amoxicillin with gentamicin.’
    • ‘Otherwise, amoxicillin and ampicillin have almost the same spectrum of antimicrobial activity.’
    • ‘If you are given treatment for a bacterial infection with the antibiotics ampicillin or amoxycillin, you may develop a rash of small red spots.’
    • ‘For urinary tract infection, we examined resistance to ampicillin or amoxicillin and trimethoprim.’


1970s: from amino + oxy- + penicillin.