macrolide

noun

mac·​ro·​lide ˈmak-rə-ˌlīd How to pronounce macrolide (audio)
: any of several antibiotics (as erythromycin or clarithromycin) that contain a usually 14- to 16-membered macrocyclic lactone ring, inhibit bacterial RNA-dependent protein synthesis, and are effective especially against gram-positive bacteria (such as staphylococci and streptococci)

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“Macrolide.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/macrolide. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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