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A substance derived from a bacterium in the order Actinomycetales: neomycin.
[myc(o)- (so called because the bacteria from which the substances were first derived were originally mistaken for fungi) + -in.]
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n combining form
(Elements & Compounds) indicating an antibiotic compound derived from a fungus: streptomycin.
[from Greek mukēs fungus + -in]
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a combining form used in the names of antibiotics, usu. fungal derivatives: erythromycin.
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