One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A synthetic antibiotic structurally related to nalidixic acid, which is used especially for the treatment of bacterial infections of the urinary tract; 1-ethyl-6-fluoro-1,4-dihydro-4-oxo-7-(1-piperazinyl)-3-quinolinecarboxylic acid, C₁₆H₁₈FN₃O₃.
1980s; earliest use found in Infection. From nor- + fl- (in fluoro-) + oxo- + -acin.
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