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Antibiotic resistance has a language problem

A failure to use words clearly undermines the global response to antimicrobials' waning usefulness. Standardize terminology, urge Marc Mendelson and colleagues.

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C.P. is a member of DRIVE-AB, which is supported by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) Joint Undertaking (grant agreement No. 115618 - Driving re-investment in R&D and responsible antibiotic use — DRIVE-AB — Resources are composed of financial contribution from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) and European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) in-kind contribution.

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Mendelson, M., Balasegaram, M., Jinks, T. et al. Antibiotic resistance has a language problem. Nature 545, 23–25 (2017).

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