broad-spectrum

broad-spectrum
See spectrum.

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broad-spectrum adj effective against a wide range of organisms (as insects or bacteria) <\broad-spectrum antibiotics> compare NARROW-SPECTRUM

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effective against a wide range of microorganisms; said of an antibiotic. Called also wide-spectrum.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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