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Definition of the noun pyocyanase

What does pyocyanase mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: -

  1. a yellow-green mixture of antibiotics obtained from the bacillus of green pus
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic terms: antibiotic / antibiotic drug = a chemical substance derivable from a mold or bacterium that can kill microorganisms and cure bacterial infections


Pyocyanase was the first antibiotic drug to be used in hospitals. It is no longer used today. Rudolph Emmerich and Oscar Löw, two German physicians who were the first to make an effective medication from microbes, conducted experiments in the 1890s, roughly 30 years after Louis Pasteur showed that many diseases were caused by bacteria and nearly 40 years before the effective prescription of penicillin. They proved that the germs that caused one disease may be the cure for another.

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Google previewProgressive Medicine (1903)

A Quarterly Digest of Advances, Discoveries, and Improvements in the Medical and Surgical Sciences by Hobart Amory Hare

Fmmerich, Law, and Korschun* claim in opposition to Dietrich5 and to Klinioff that pyocyanase is a thermostabile ferment,

Google previewInternational Clinics (1908)

A Quarterly of Clinical Lectures

calls attention to the value of pyocyanase in the treatment of infectious diseases, especially diphtheria. Pyocyanase is a bacteriolytic enzyme obtained by passing three weeks' old cultures of ...

Google previewBoston Medical and Surgical Journal (1908)

Pyocyanase is a bacteriolytic enzyme, ...

Google previewJournal of the Royal Army Medical Corps (1908)

by Great Britain. Army. Royal Army Medical Corps

Pyocyanase is the ferment or enzyme which can be extracted from mass cultures of the B. pyocyaneus, and it has been proved to possess powerful bactericidal and bacteriolytic properties, while its use in diphtheria in the form of a spray has ...

Google previewThe New International Year Book (1909)

by Frank Moore Colby, Allen Leon Churchill

Pyocyanase is the filtrate of a three weeks' old culture of the pyocyaneus bacillus. This substance has been used as an adjuvant to antitoxin in the treatment of diphtheria. It is used locally as a spray and possesses the property of rapidly killing ...

Google previewApplied immunology (1916)

by Benjamin A. Thomas

Pyocyanase is a ferment isolated from cultures of B. pyocyaneus, said to have high digestive powers for proteids. It has been employed in the treatment of diphtheria, the protein digestive action facilitating the removal of the membrane.

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: Supplement (1910)

by William Dwight Whitney

The gratifying results obtained by von Emmerich in the treatment of diphtheria by means of pyocyanase, a product formed in cultures of the Bacillus pyocyaneus, have been ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: The Century dictionary ... prepared under the superintendence of William Dwight Whitney ... rev. & enl. under the superintendence of Benjamin E. Smith (1911)

pyocyanase (pi-o-si'a-nas), n. [Gr. irvov, pus, + Kvavoc, blue, + -die] See the extract. The gratifying result* obtained by von Emmerich in the treatment of diphtheria by means of pyocyanaee, a product formed In cultures of the Bacillus ...

Google previewThe Practitioner's Medical Dictionary (1919)

Containing All the Words and Phrases Generally Used in Medicine and the Allied Sciences, with Their Proper Pronunciation, Derivation, and Definition by George Milbry Gould, Richard John Ernst Scott

pyocyanase and ty phase. choleric (kol'-er-ik). 1. Having abundant bile. 2. Applied to a temperament easily excited to anger. 3. Choleraic. choleriform (kol-er'-if-orm) [cholera: forma, ...

Google previewThe American illustrated medical dictionary. 1916 (1915)

8th ed. 1916 printing

pyocyanase (pi-o-si'an-as). Any enzyme derived from cultures of Bacii'lus pyocya'neus. It is destructive to Bacillus pyocyaneus, and the bacilli of anthrax, diphtheria, typhoid, and plague. Its injection is said to confer immunity ...

Google previewA Practical Medical Dictionary ... (1922)

by Thomas Lathrop Stedman

pyocyanase (pi-o-si'an-az). A bacteriolytic enzyme formed in cultures of Bacillus pyocyaneus, it is alleged to dissolve a number of pathogenic bacteria, especially those of anthrax, diphtheria, plague, ...

Google previewThe American illustrated medical dictionary (1922)

by William Alexander Newman Dorland, Edgar Calvin Le Roy Miller

pyocyanase (pi-o-si' an-as).

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