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A semisynthetic antibiotic, C43H58N4O12, that is derived from a form of rifamycin and interferes with bacterial RNA synthesis, used to treat tuberculosis and other bacterial infections. Also called rifampicin.

[rif(omycin) + a(mino-) + m(ethyl) + p(iperazine) + -in.]
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Noun1.rifampin - an antibacterial drug (trade names Rifadin and Rimactane) used to treat tuberculosis
antibacterial, antibacterial drug, bactericide - any drug that destroys bacteria or inhibits their growth
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(USAN), rifampicin (INN) n rifampicina, rifampina
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