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What is an antibiotic?
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith
Antibiotics
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Q. What are antibiotics?
 
A. In medical terms, an antibiotic is a chemical substance that either kills or inhibits the growth of microorganisms. In layman's terms, antibiotics are commonly known as medications that can be given to an animal to fight a bacterial infection. Antibiotics are known to kill or inhibit bacteria; antivirals kill or inhibit viruses; antifungals kill or inhibit the growth of yeast or fungi. Examples of antibiotics include amoxicillin, tetracycline, and cephalexin.
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