clavulanic acid(redirected from Clavulanic acids)
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Related to Clavulanic acids: Augmentin, Co-amoxiclav, Clavulin
A compound, C8H9NO5, originally obtained from the bacterium Streptomyces clavuligerus, that inhibits action of the enzyme beta-lactamase, thus counteracting bacterial resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics. It is used in combination with antibiotics such as amoxicillin to treat infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria.