If you search Google for the “definition of antibiotic,” the majority of definitions on the first page will return the lay definition, that antibiotics are effective against microorganisms. Google provides the first definition like that, in fact, which is probably the result 99% of the searchers use. If you want to read good overview of how dictionaries and world health groups define “antibiotic,” please see this document (pdf) by the European Union’s Heads of Medicines Agencies. The public is confused about antibiotic action because everyone, including medical organizations, is confused.
Antibiotics work against viruses - Colin Purrington
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