Meaning of chloramphenicol


Pronunciation: (klôr"am-fen'i-kôl", -kol", klōr"-), [key]
— n. Pharm.
  1. a colorless, crystalline, slightly water-soluble antibiotic, CHClNO, obtained from cultures of Streptomyces venezuelae or synthesized: used chiefly in the treatment of infections caused by certain bacteria, by rickettsiae, and by certain viruses.
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