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lactam

[ lak-tam ]
/ ˈlæk tæm /
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noun Chemistry.

any of a group of cyclic amides characterized by the NHCO group, derived from aminocarboxylic acids by the intramolecular elimination of water from the amino and carboxylic groups.

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Origin of lactam

First recorded in 1880–85; lact(one) + am(ide)
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British Dictionary definitions for lactam

lactam
/ (ˈlæktæm) /

noun

chem any of a group of inner amides, derived from amino acids, having the characteristic group -CONH-

Word Origin for lactam

C20: from lact (one) + am (ide)
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Medical definitions for lactam

lactam
[ lăktăm′ ]

n.

An amide formed from amino carboxylic acids containing a keto group in a ring configuration, as seen in purines, pyrimidines, and antibiotics. It is tautomeric to lactim.
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