polyketide

noun
poly·ke·tide | \ ˌpä-lē-ˈkē-ˌtīd \

Definition of polyketide 

: any of a large class of diverse compounds that are characterized by more than two carbonyl groups connected by single intervening carbon atoms, that are produced especially by certain bacteria and fungi, and that include various substances (such as erythromycin and lovastatin) having antibiotic, anticancer, cholesterol-lowering, or immunosuppressive effects

First Known Use of polyketide

1927, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polyketide

International Scientific Vocabulary poly- + ket- + -ide

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polyketide

noun
poly·ke·tide | \ ˌpäl-ē-ˈkē-ˌtīd \

Medical Definition of polyketide 

: any of a large class of diverse compounds that are characterized by more than two carbonyl groups connected by single intervening carbon atoms, that are produced especially by certain bacteria and fungi, and that include various substances (as erythromycin and lovastatin) having antibiotic, anticancer, cholesterol-lowering, or immunosuppressive effects

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