cip·ro·flox·a·cin .sip-rə-'fläk-sə-sən, -rō- n a fluoroquinolone C17H18FN3O3 that is often administered in the form of its hydrochloride C17H18FN3O3·HCl and is effective esp. against gram-negative bacteria see CIPRO

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a broad-spectrum quinolone antibiotic that can be given orally and is particularly useful against Gram-negative bacteria, such as Pseudomonas, that are resistant to all other oral antibiotics. Side-effects can include nausea, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, and headache. It is also given as eye drops for eye infections. Trade names: Ciloxan, Ciproxin.

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cip·ro·flox·a·cin (sip″ro-flokґsə-sin) [USP] a fluoroquinolone antibacterial effective against many gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, including some strains resistant to penicillins, cephalosporins, and aminoglycosides.

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