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[lak-tam] /ˈlæk tæm/

noun, Chemistry.
any of a group of cyclic characterized by the NHCO group, derived from aminocarboxylic acids by the intramolecular elimination of water from the amino and carboxylic groups.
(chem) any of a group of inner amides, derived from amino acids, having the characteristic group -CONH-

lactam lac·tam (lāk’tām’)
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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