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carbapenems

Pronunciation: kar-bă-pen′emz

Definition: A class of broad-spectrum bactericidal β-lactam antibiotics (imipenem) that bind to penicillin-binding protein 2 and thereby interfere with cell wall structure; they are highly resistant to β-lactamases and easily penetrate bacterial walls.

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