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Definition of Antibiotic
Substances generally produced by microorganisms that selectively target microorganisms not humans. Antibiotics kill or inhibit the growth of microorganisms by targeting components of the microbial cell absent from human cells, including bacterial cell walls, cell membrane, and 30S or 50S ribosomal subunits. These substances are used in the treatment of bacterial and other microbial infections.

Antibiotic is from the group

Anti-Infective Agent

Other Names for Antibiotic

Antibacterial Agent
Antibiotic Agents
Antibiotic Drugs


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