gentamicin definition by Webster's New World
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a broad-spectrum antibiotic obtained from soil actinomycetes (genus Micromonospora), used in treating a wide variety of serious infections
Origin: ; from gentian violet (color of the organism) plush -mycin
gentamicin definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A broad-spectrum antibiotic derived from an actinomycete of the genus Micromonospora, used in its sulfate form to treat various infections.
Origin: Alteration of gentamycin : gent(i)a(n violet) + -mycin.