Cephalexin Definition

sĕfə-lĕksĭn
noun
A semisynthetic cephalosporin antibiotic, C16 H17 N3 O4 S, used especially in the treatment of respiratory and urinary tract infections.
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Origin of Cephalexin

  • Blend of cephal(ospor)in ex- (probably alteration of hex(a)– from the six carbon atoms comprising the phenyl group that distinguishes it from cephalosporin)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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