any of a major group of broad-spectrum antibiotics produced by, or derived from, a fungus (genus Cephalosporium): an alternative for people allergic to penicillin
Origin of cephalosporin; from Modern Latin Cephalosporium + -in
Any of various beta-lactam antibiotics, derived from the fungus Acremonium chrysogenum or made semisynthetically, used to treat a wide range of bacterial infections.
Origin of cephalosporinNew Latin Cephalosporium, former genus name (cephalo– + spora, spore; see spore) + –in.
From New Latin Cephalosporium, a genus of fungi.