het·a·cil·lin .het-ə-'sil-ən n a semisynthetic oral penicillin C19H23N3O4S that is converted to ampicillin in the body and has medical uses similar to those of ampicillin

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het·a·cil·lin (het″ə-silґin) a semisynthetic penicillin which itself has no antibacterial activity, but is converted in the body to ampicillin and has actions and uses similar to those of ampicillin (q.v.); administered orally.

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