lac·​tam ˈlak-ˌtam How to pronounce lactam (audio)
: any of a class of amides of amino carboxylic acids that are formed by the loss of a molecule of water from the amino and carboxyl groups, that are characterized by the carbonyl-imido group −CONH− in a ring, and that include many antibiotics compare lactim, lactone

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“Lactam.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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