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Fascinating facts about the invention
of the Penicillin by Alexander Fleming in 1928.

PENICILLIN
 
AT A GLANCE:
Penicillin was discovered by chance, in 1928, after Alexander Fleming accidentally left a dish of staphylococcus bacteria uncovered for a few days. He returned to find the dish dotted with bacterial growth, apart from one area where a patch of mold (Penicillin notatum) was growing. The mold produced a substance, named penicillin by Fleming, which inhibited bacterial growth and was later found to be effective against a wide range of harmful bacteria. Penicillin was finally isolated by Howard Florey and Ernst Chain. Fleming, Florey and Chain received a Nobel prize in 1945, for their discovery which revolutionised medicine and led to the development of lifesaving antibiotics. Source:  chemsoc
Invention: Penicillin
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Function: noun / pen·i·cil·lin
Definition: Any of a group of broad-spectrum antibiotic drugs obtained from penicillium molds or produced synthetically, most active against gram-positive bacteria and used in the treatment of various infections and diseases.
   

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