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Antibiotic

Definition

noun, plural: antibiotics

Antimicrobial agent made from microorganisms, and can kill and inhibit the growth of microorganisms, especially those that are infectious or disease-causing


adjective

Of, relating to, or pertaining to antibiotic


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Antibiotics are chemotherapeutic substances that are capable of killing and inhibiting growth of specific microorganisms, such as infectious bacteria and fungi.

There are different kinds of antibioics, and are classified based on their mechanism of action (i.e. if on the cell membrane, cell wall, or metabolism), chemical structure, spectrum of activity (i.e. if targeting gram-negative or gram-positive bacteria), or by mode of administration (e.g. oral, intravenous, or topical).

Antibiotic treatments should be done in accord to the recommended dosage and duration in order to prevent antibiotic resistance. The latter is a condition in which the antibiotic has become less effective when the target bacteria acquire resistance to antibiotic effects.

Antibiotics are derived from microorganisms, such as fungi and bacteria. Therefore, the antimicrobial gastric juice is not considered an antibiotic.


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... "SEMI SOLID (Sloppy) Agar – Anaerobic" - This media is usually used to test motility. "ANTIBIOTIC SENSITIVITY- Resistant." - To what??? "HUGH AND LEIFSON’S O/F TEST: Negative" - It cannot be negative. It's either Oxidative, ...

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by microbiologyhelp
Sun Dec 01, 2013 11:36 am
 
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: URGENT HELP IDENTIFYING UNKNOWN BACTERIA!!!
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URGENT HELP IDENTIFYING UNKNOWN BACTERIA!!!

... "SEMI SOLID (Sloppy) Agar – Anaerobic" - This media is usually used to test motility. "ANTIBIOTIC SENSITIVITY- Resistant." - To what??? "HUGH AND LEIFSON’S O/F TEST: Negative" - It cannot be negative. It's either Oxidative, ...

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by Cat
Fri Nov 29, 2013 5:17 pm
 
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Topic: URGENT HELP IDENTIFYING UNKNOWN BACTERIA!!!
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URGENT HELP IDENTIFYING UNKNOWN BACTERIA!!!

... THIOGLYCOLLATE MEDIUM- Anaerobic SEMI SOLID (Sloppy) Agar – Anaerobic BLOOD AGAR PLATE: B-Haemolysis HUGH AND LEIFSON’S O/F TEST: Negative ANTIBIOTIC SENSITIVITY- Resistant. CATALASE- NEGATIVE OXIDASE- POSITIVE FERMENTATION: OF GLUCOSE – NEGATIVE, MANNITOL – NEGATIVE, DULCITOL – NEGATIVE ...

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by microbiologyhelp
Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:09 pm
 
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G.I. Problems from Antibiotic Use

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/505473_7 The major mechanisms of antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD) involve disturbances of the gut microflora and the direct effects of antibiotics on the mucous membranes. The rates of diarrhea associated with parenterally ...

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by boron
Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:05 pm
 
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Topic: G.I. Problems from Antibiotic Use
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G.I. Problems from Antibiotic Use

The OP mentioned "taking tetracycline," which obviously means pills. An antibiotic is probably fully absorbed in the small intestine; then it enters the blood and from there reaches all the tissues, more or less, including the colonic wall and bacteria ...

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by boron
Sat Nov 09, 2013 3:32 pm
 
Forum: Human Biology
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