Meaning of tobramycin in English:


Pronunciation /ˌtɒbrəˈmʌɪsɪn/


mass nounMedicine
  • A bacterial antibiotic used chiefly to treat pseudomonas infections.

    The drug is obtained from the bacterium Streptomyces tenebrarius

    ‘Valproic acid is an anticonvulsant drug used to treat various seizures and tobramycin is an antibiotic used to control many bacterial infections.’
    • ‘Half were given normal treatment, the other half four antibiotics (polymyxin E, tobramycin, amphotericin B, and cefotaxime).’
    • ‘Treatment with ampicillin supplemented with gentamicin or tobramycin for two to six weeks is best.’
    • ‘First, you attributed the rise in serum creatinine to the administration of 2 aminoglycoside antibiotics, gentamycin and tobramycin.’
    • ‘The organism was sensitive to amikacin, gentamicin, and tobramycin.’


1970s from to- (of unknown origin) + Latin (tene)bra(rius) ‘belonging to darkness’ (part of the name of the bacterium) + -mycin.