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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