One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A reddish-brown antibiotic used chiefly to treat tuberculosis and leprosy.
The antibiotic is obtained from the bacterium Nocardia mediterranei
- ‘All the 300 strains were resistant to oxacillin and penicillin and susceptible to rifampicin and vancomycin.’
- ‘The sift did not reveal any deletions that make cells susceptible to amoxicillin, penicillin, rifampin or vancomycin, which are used to treat bacterial infections of the airways, stomach and skin.’
- ‘For the more commonly encountered methicillin-resistant coagulase-negative staphylococci, a combination of vancomycin, rifampin and gentamicin is indicated.’
- ‘All the patients had bacilli sensitive to streptomycin, isoniazid and rifampicin initially.’
- ‘The organisms are treatable with tetracycline, erythromycin, rifampin, and by the sulfonamides.’
1960s: from rifamycin (an antibiotic first isolated from the bacterium Streptomyces mediterranei) + the insertion of pi- from piperazine.
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