lactide

noun
lac·​tide | \ ˈlakˌtīd, -tə̇d \
plural -s

Definition of lactide

1 : a crystalline dilactone C6H8O4 formed from two molecules of lactic acid by self-esterification
2 : a dilactone formed from an alpha-hydroxy acid other than lactic acid

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History and Etymology for lactide

International Scientific Vocabulary lact- + anhydride; probably originally formed in French

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“Lactide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lactide. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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