- Any of a class of natural and synthetic antibiotics developed from Cephalosporium fungi, having a cepham structure.
Etymology: From modern (term, Cephalosporium, lang=la), a genus of fungi.
- 2001: Another important group of antibiotics, the cephalosporins, a class that includes more than twenty-five different drugs, are chemically distinct from the penicillins but act in the same way as cell wall inhibitors, as do vancomycin and bacitracin. " Leslie Iversen, Drugs: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford 2001, p. 63)
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