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(anti-by-ot-ik)

a substance, produced by or derived from a microorganism, that destroys or inhibits the growth of other microorganisms. Antibiotics are used to treat infections caused by organisms that are sensitive to them, usually bacteria or fungi. See also aminoglycosides, antifungal, antiviral drug, cephalosporin, penicillin, quinolone, tetracyclines.

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