lactam

noun
lac·​tam | \ ˈlak-ˌtam How to pronounce lactam (audio) \

Medical Definition of lactam

: 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/lactam. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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