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clavulanic acid

Pronunciation: klav'yu-lan'ik as'id

Definition: A ß-lactam structurally related to the penicillins that inactivate ß-lactamase enzymes in penicillin-resistant organisms; usually used in combination with penicillins to enhance and broaden the spectrum of the penicillins.

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