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Thursday, March 12, 2009

article : Definition of an Antibiotic

Antibiotic (Literal definition):

Against (anti-) life (-biotic); Often detrimental to host

Antibiotic (Old definition):

Chemical substance produced by various species of microorganisms that is capable, in low concentrations, of inhibiting the growth of or killing other microorganisms

Antibiotic (New definition):

Substance produced by a microorganism or a similar product produced wholly (synthetic) or partially (semi-synthetic) by chemical synthesis and in low concentrations inhibits the growth of or kills microorganisms

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