One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mixture of broad-spectrum aminoglycoside antibiotics related to neomycin and produced by some strains of the bacterium Streptomyces rimosus, given orally in the form of the sulphate in the treatment of intestinal infections.
1950s; earliest use found in British Patents. From ancient Greek παρόμοιος closely resembling + -mycin.
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