[ lak-tam ]
/ ˈlæk tæm /
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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British Dictionary definitions for lactam
/ (ˈlæktæm) /
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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Medicine definitions for lactam
[ lăk′tăm′ ]
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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