superbugsN-COUNTJournalists refer to a type of bacteria as a superbug when it is very difficult to deal with because it cannot be killed by antibiotics.
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superbug — ► NOUN informal ▪ a bacterium, insect, etc. regarded as having enhanced qualities, especially of resistance to antibiotics or pesticides … English terms dictionary
superbug — UK [ˈsuːpə(r)ˌbʌɡ] / US [ˈsupərˌbʌɡ] noun [countable] Word forms superbug : singular superbug plural superbugs a very powerful type of bacteria that normal drugs cannot kill … English dictionary
superbug — noun Date: 1985 a pathogenic microorganism and especially a bacterium that has developed resistance to the medications normally used against it … New Collegiate Dictionary
superbug — su·per·bug (so͞oʹpər bŭg ) n. A strain of bacteria that is resistant to all antibiotics. * * * … Universalium
superbug — noun a) A strain of bacteria that has become resistant to many antibiotics. b) An insect, Bemisia tabaci, that is a serious pest … Wiktionary
superbug — su|per|bug [ˈsu:pəbʌg US ər ] n a type of ↑bacteria that cannot be killed by traditional drugs … Dictionary of contemporary English
superbug — su|per|bug [ supər,bʌg ] noun count a very powerful type of bacteria that normal drugs cannot kill … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
superbug — noun informal a bacterium, insect, etc. regarded as having enhanced qualities, especially of resistance to antibiotics or pesticides … English new terms dictionary
superbug — noun (C) not technical a type of bacteria that cannot be killed by traditional drugs … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
superbug — /ˈsupəbʌg/ (say soohpuhbug) noun a bacterium which has adapted so that it has become resistant to all existing antibiotics … Australian English dictionary