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Volume 11, Number 8—August 2005


Etymologia: Cephalosporin

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EID Etymologia: Cephalosporin. Emerg Infect Dis. 2005;11(8):1191.
AMA Etymologia: Cephalosporin. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2005;11(8):1191. doi:10.3201/eid1108.ET1108.
APA (2005). Etymologia: Cephalosporin. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 11(8), 1191.


Any of a class of broad-spectrum, relatively penicillinase-resistant, ®-lactam antimicrobial drugs originally derived from species of the fungus Acremonium (formerly called Cephalosporium). Italian scientist Giuseppe Brotzu first isolated the parent compound cephalosporin C from a sewer in Sardinia in 1948. Cephalosporins available for medical use today are semisynthetic derivatives of this natural antimicrobial compound.

Sources: Dorland's illustrated medical dictionary. 30th ed. Philadelphia: Saunders; 2003. and Merriam-Webster's collegiate dictionary. 11th ed. Springfield (MA): Merriam-Webster's, Inc; 2003.

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DOI: 10.3201/eid1108.ET1108

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