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lac·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  .
 
 
 
Similar sounding terms:  lac·tim  leu·ko·tome  leu·kot·o·my 

 
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