Meaning of vancomycin in English:


Pronunciation /ˌvaŋkəˈmʌɪsɪn/


mass nounMedicine
  • A bacterial antibiotic used against resistant strains of streptococcus and staphylococcus.

    This antibiotic is obtained from the bacterium Streptomyces orientalis

    ‘Other antibiotics like penicillin and vancomycin slow the bacteria's ability to manufacture cell walls.’
    • ‘MRSA infections were treated with vancomycin and one to two other antibiotics based on bacterial susceptibility.’
    • ‘Patients who become infected with MRSA are usually treated using expensive antibiotics such as vancomycin.’
    • ‘Already now in Australia we're isolating strains which have low level resistance to vancomycin.’
    • ‘In recent years, some superbugs have even figured out how to resist vancomycin.’


1950s from vanco-(of unknown origin) + -mycin.