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an oral, antimicrobial drug, C 16 H 7 N 3 O 4 S, used in treating minor respiratory and urinary tract infections and as a backup or alternative to penicillin treatment.

cephalexin ceph·a·lex·in (sěf’ə-lěk’sĭn)
A semisynthetic analogue of cephalosporin used especially in the treatment of respiratory and urinary tract infections.


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