a band of dervishes who achieved ecstasy during prayer by violent body movements and self-inflicted pain: formed in the 12th century; outlawed in 1925.
noun 1. a drug used in the treatment of tuberculosis, meningitis, and leprosy
noun, Pharmacology. 1. a semisynthetic broad-spectrum antibiotic, C 4 3 H 5 8 N 4 O 1 2 , used in the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis, asymptomatic carriers of meningococcal disease, and leprosy. rifampin ri·fam·pin (rĭ-fām’pĭn) or ri·fam·pi·cin (-pĭ-sĭn) n. A semisynthetic antibiotic, derived from a form of rifamycin, that interferes with the synthesis of […]
rifamycin rif·a·my·cin (rĭf’ə-mī’sĭn) n. Any of a group of antibiotics originally isolated from a strain of the soil microorganism Streptomyces mediterranei, used in the treatment of leprosy, tuberculosis, and other bacterial diseases.
adjective 1. of common or frequent occurrence; prevalent; in widespread existence, activity, or use: Crime is rife in the slum areas of our cities. 2. current in speech or report: Rumors are rife that the government is in financial difficulty. 3. abundant, plentiful, or numerous. 4. abounding (usually followed by with). adjective (postpositive) 1. of […]