Definition of streptomycin in English:



mass nounMedicine
  • An antibiotic that was the first drug to be successful against tuberculosis but is now chiefly used with other drugs because of its toxic side effects.

    This antibiotic is produced by the bacterium Streptomyces griseus

    • ‘These include the antibiotics polymyxin B sulfate, streptomycin sulfate, chlortetracycline hydrochloride and neomycin sulfate.’
    • ‘The preferred and most effective drug of choice to treat tularemia is streptomycin or gentamicin.’
    • ‘All the patients had bacilli sensitive to streptomycin, isoniazid and rifampicin initially.’
    • ‘Treatment is with tetracycline (as doxycycline) and streptomycin for 6 weeks.’
    • ‘In its early stages, leptospirosis can be treated with antibiotics such as penicillin, streptomycin, tetracycline and erythromycin.’