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Pronunciation: tet-ra-si'klen, -klin

Definition: A broad spectrum antibiotic (a naphthacene derivative), the parent of oxytetracycline, prepared from chlortetracycline and also obtained from the culture filtrate of several species of Streptomyces; also available as tetracycline hydrochloride and tetracycline phosphate complex. Tetracycline fluorescence has been used in studies of growing tumors and calcium deposition in developing bone and teeth.

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