mac·​ro·​cy·​clic | \ ˌma-krō-ˈsi-klik How to pronounce macrocyclic (audio) , -ˈsī- \

Definition of macrocyclic

: containing or being a chemical ring that consists usually of 15 or more atoms

Examples of macrocyclic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another clean fragrance brand, St. Rose, imbues its creations with a macrocyclic synthetic musk called juniper lactone to lend scents like St. Rose’s Desert Nomad an earthy bounce. ELLE, 30 Apr. 2022 Ivermectin was developed by Merck in the 1970s, decades before molnupiravir, and is classified as a macrocyclic lactone. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 12 Oct. 2021 There are three major classes of synthetic musks: nitro musks, polycyclic musk compounds and macrocyclic musk compounds. John Cumbers, Forbes, 12 May 2021

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First Known Use of macrocyclic

1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for macrocyclic

macro- + cyclic entry 1

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“Macrocyclic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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mac·​ro·​cy·​clic | \ ˌmak-rō-ˈsik-lik, -ˈsī-klik How to pronounce macrocyclic (audio) \

Medical Definition of macrocyclic

: containing or being a chemical ring that consists usually of 15 or more atoms a macrocyclic antibiotic

Other Words from macrocyclic

macrocyclic noun


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