Definition of erythromycin in English:



mass nounMedicine
  • An antibiotic used in the treatment of infections caused by Gram-positive bacteria. It is similar in its effects to penicillin.

    This is obtained from the streptomycete bacterium Streptomyces erythreus

    • ‘This strain was resistant to methicillin, cephalothin, gentamicin, erythromycin, chloramphenicol and tetracycline.’
    • ‘In its early stages, leptospirosis can be treated with antibiotics such as penicillin, streptomycin, tetracycline and erythromycin.’
    • ‘Treatment is with antibiotics such as erythromycin and tetracycline.’
    • ‘The disease responds to erythromycin or tetracycline and similar drugs.’
    • ‘The most frequently used topical antibiotics are clindamycin and erythromycin.’


1950s from elements of the modern Latin taxonomic name Streptomyces erythreus + -in.