superbug
noun Date: 1985 a pathogenic microorganism and especially a bacterium that has developed resistance to the medications normally used against it

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • superbug — ► NOUN informal ▪ a bacterium, insect, etc. regarded as having enhanced qualities, especially of resistance to antibiotics or pesticides …   English terms dictionary

  • superbug — UK [ˈsuːpə(r)ˌbʌɡ] / US [ˈsupərˌbʌɡ] noun [countable] Word forms superbug : singular superbug plural superbugs a very powerful type of bacteria that normal drugs cannot kill …   English dictionary

  • superbug — [[t]su͟ːpə(r)bʌg[/t]] superbugs N COUNT Journalists refer to a type of bacteria as a superbug when it is very difficult to deal with because it cannot be killed by antibiotics …   English dictionary

  • superbug — su·per·bug (so͞oʹpər bŭg ) n. A strain of bacteria that is resistant to all antibiotics. * * * …   Universalium

  • superbug — noun a) A strain of bacteria that has become resistant to many antibiotics. b) An insect, Bemisia tabaci, that is a serious pest …   Wiktionary

  • superbug — su|per|bug [ˈsu:pəbʌg US ər ] n a type of ↑bacteria that cannot be killed by traditional drugs …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • superbug — su|per|bug [ supər,bʌg ] noun count a very powerful type of bacteria that normal drugs cannot kill …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • superbug — noun informal a bacterium, insect, etc. regarded as having enhanced qualities, especially of resistance to antibiotics or pesticides …   English new terms dictionary

  • superbug — noun (C) not technical a type of bacteria that cannot be killed by traditional drugs …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • superbug — /ˈsupəbʌg/ (say soohpuhbug) noun a bacterium which has adapted so that it has become resistant to all existing antibiotics …   Australian English dictionary

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