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beta–lactam

noun be·ta–lac·tam
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β–lactam

\ˌbāt-ə-ˈlak-ˌtam, chiefly British ˌbē-tə-\play

Medical Definition of beta–lactam

  1. :  any of a large class of natural and semisynthetic antibiotics (as the penicillins and cephalosporins) with a lactam ring


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