broad-spectrum
adjective Date: 1952 effective against a wide range of organisms (as insects or bacteria) <
a broad-spectrum antibiotic
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  • broad-spectrum — [brôd′spek′trəm] adj. 1. effective against a wide variety of microorganisms [a broad spectrum antibiotic] 2. showing a wide variety [a broad spectrum array] …   English World dictionary

  • broad-spectrum — adjective able to be used against a wide range of different illnesses or insects: broad spectrum antibiotics/pesticides …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • broad-spectrum — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ adjective : effective against a large variety of microorganisms a broad spectrum antibiotic broad spectrum insecticides * * * ˌbroad ˈspectrum 7 [broad spectrum] adjective only b …   Useful english dictionary

  • broad-spectrum — See spectrum. * * * broad spectrum adj effective against a wide range of organisms (as insects or bacteria) <broad spectrum antibiotics> compare NARROW SPECTRUM * * * effective against a wide range of microorganisms; said of an antibiotic.… …   Medical dictionary

  • broad-spectrum — adj. Broad spectrum is used with these nouns: ↑antibiotic …   Collocations dictionary

  • broad-spectrum — UK / US adjective able to be used against a wide range of different illnesses or insects broad spectrum antibiotics/pesticides …   English dictionary

  • broad-spectrum — broad′ spec′trum adj. 1) pha (of an antibiotic) effective against a wide range of organisms 2) having a wide range of uses • Etymology: 1950–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • broad-spectrum — adjective having a wide scope or range of activity Ant: narrow spectrum …   Wiktionary

  • broad-spectrum — /ˈbrɔd spɛktrəm/ (say brawd spektruhm) adjective 1. of or relating to drugs which are effective against a wide range of bacterial diseases. 2. (of a sunscreen) effective against a range of harmful wavelengths of ultraviolet light. Also, wide… …   Australian English dictionary

  • broad-spectrum — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Covering a wide scope: all around, all inclusive, all round, broad, comprehensive, expansive, extended, extensive, far ranging, far reaching, general, global, inclusive, large, overall, sweeping, wide ranging,… …   English dictionary for students

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