Antibiotics

Authored by: Houda Berrada , Guillermina Font

Handbook of Analysis of Edible Animal By-Products

Print publication date:  April  2011
Online publication date:  April  2011

Print ISBN: 9781439803608
eBook ISBN: 9780203731529
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b10785-25

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Abstract

Antibiotics have revolutionized the treatment of infectious diseases, contributing significantly to improve the health of the population. Antibacterials, anti-infectives, antimicrobials, or chemotherapeutics comprise synthetic and natural compounds. Antibiotics are “natural antimicrobial substances produced at low concentrations by certain microorganisms, fungi, and bacteria for inhibiting the growth of other microorganisms.” Strictly, antibiotics should include only five classes—penicillins, tetracyclines, macrolides, aminoglycosides, and amphenicols [1,2].

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