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macrolide

[ măkrə-līd′ ]
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n.
A class of antibiotics that are produced by a species of Streptomyces, are characterized by a large lactone ring linked to one or more sugars, and act by inhibiting protein synthesis.
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Scientific definitions for macrolide

macrolide
[ măkrə-līd′ ]

Any of a class of organic compounds containing a large lactone ring made up of twelve or more members.
Any of a class of antibiotics having a macrolide ring structure linked to one or more sugars. Macrolides are produced by actinomycete bacteria of the genus Streptomyces and act by inhibiting protein synthesis. Erythromycin is a macrolide.
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