lactam


lactam
lac·tam 'lak-.tam n 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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lac·tam (lakґtəm) a cyclic amide formed from aminocarboxylic acids by the elimination of water. They are isomeric with lactims, which are enol forms of lactams.


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