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noun [C] uk   /ˌæn.ti.baɪˈɒt.ɪk/ us    /-t̬i.baɪˈɑː.t̬ɪk/
C2 a medicine or chemical that can destroy harmful bacteria in the body or limit their growth: I'm taking antibiotics for a throat infection. a one-month course of antibiotics Some types of antibiotic are used to promote growth in farm animals. He's on antibiotics for an ear infection.
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