Meaning of tetracycline in English:


Pronunciation /ˌtɛtrəˈsʌɪkliːn/


  • Any of a large group of antibiotics with a molecular structure containing four rings.

    These antibiotics are often obtained from bacteria of the genus Streptomyces

    ‘This strain was resistant to methicillin, cephalothin, gentamicin, erythromycin, chloramphenicol and tetracycline.’
    • ‘Moderate acne is often successfully treated with a low-dose oral antibiotic, such as tetracycline or erythromycin.’
    • ‘He was treated with a six-month course of a tetracycline and made a slow and steady recovery.’
    • ‘It is well established that far less expensive antibiotics, including the penicillins and tetracyclines, are highly effective against Anthrax.’
    • ‘Some antibiotics, such as tetracycline, are not fully effective when taken with milk or dairy products.’


1950s from tetra-+ cyclic+ -ine.