lactone

noun
lac·​tone | \ ˈlak-ˌtōn How to pronounce lactone (audio) \

Definition of lactone

: any of various cyclic esters formed from hydroxy acids

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Other Words from lactone

lactonic \ lak-​ˈtä-​nik How to pronounce lactone (audio) \ adjective

Examples of lactone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The company was able to biosynthesize the musk fragrance compounds by leveraging its lactone production technology with its lipid platform. John Cumbers, Forbes, 12 May 2021 Those similar substances include flavonoids, a group of plant metabolites that have antioxidant effects, and sesquiterpene lactones, a class of chemical compounds that are known to have anti-inflammatory properties, Merville said. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, 4 May 2016

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First Known Use of lactone

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lactone

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17 May 2021

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“Lactone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lactone. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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lactone

noun
lac·​tone | \ ˈlak-ˌtōn How to pronounce lactone (audio) \

Medical Definition of lactone

: any of various cyclic esters formed from hydroxy acids — compare lactam, sultone

Other Words from lactone

lactonic \ lak-​ˈtän-​ik How to pronounce lactone (audio) \ adjective

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