noun \ rĭ-zĭs’təns \ the act of resisting, withstanding or opposing

The development of antibiotics is one of the most important advances of medicine.

But now, bacterial infections that were once easily cured with antibiotics are becoming harder to treat. This is due to antibiotic resistance, largely caused by the overuse and misuse of antibiotics.

The World Health Organization has warned that antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health today.

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