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An antibiotic peptide obtained from the bacterium Bacillus subtilis that is active against gram-positive bacteria.

[New Latin subtīlis, specific epithet (from Latin, thin, slender (in reference to the bacterium's shape); see subtle) + -in.]


an antibiotic peptide drug derived from Bacillus subtilis, predominantly used to combat various pathogenic fungi as well as Gram-positive bacteria
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Noun1.subtilin - a polypeptide antibiotic (similar to bacitracin) obtained from a soil bacterium
antibiotic, antibiotic drug - a chemical substance derivable from a mold or bacterium that can kill microorganisms and cure bacterial infections; "when antibiotics were first discovered they were called wonder drugs"
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Zinc deficiency in fungi and bacteria is accompanied by deficiency of the formation of pigments such as melanin, chrisogenin, prodigiosin, subtilin and others.
Improved growth and viability of lactobacilli in the presence of Bacillus subtilis (natto) or subtilin. Can.