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NCI Drug Dictionary

NCI Drug Dictionary

  

amoxicillin 
A broad-spectrum, semisynthetic aminopenicillin antibiotic with bactericidal activity. Amoxicillin binds to and inactivates penicillin-binding protein (PBP) 1A located on the inner membrane of the bacterial cell wall. Inactivation of PBPs interferes with the cross-linkage of peptidoglycan chains necessary for bacterial cell wall strength and rigidity. This interrupts bacterial cell wall synthesis and results in the weakening of the bacterial cell wall and causes cell lysis. Check for active clinical trials or closed clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)
US brand names:Amoxil
Polymox
Trimox
Utimox
Wymox
Abbreviation:AMOX