a broad-spectrum antibiotic obtained from soil actinomycetes (genus Micromonospora), used in treating a wide variety of serious infections
Origin of gentamicin; from gentian violet (color of the organism) + -mycin
A broad-spectrum antibiotic derived from an actinomycete of the genus Micromonospora, used in its sulfate form to treat various infections.
Origin of gentamicinAlteration of gentamycin : gent(i)a(n violet) + –mycin.
(countable and uncountable, plural gentamicins)