tetracycline :

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  • n  an antibiotic (trade name Achromycin) derived from microorganisms of the genus Streptomyces and used broadly to treat infections

  • Tetracycline, which kills bacteria by disabling a cellular structure known as the ribosome, is the target of one such effort.
  • Like tetracycline, it was derived from filamentous bacteria that dwell in both soil and water.
  • Contact and ingested forms respond best to treatment, with any of the antibiotics currently on the market--penicillin, tetracycline, doxycycline and fluoroquinolones such as .
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