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Any of a class of cyclic amides, that are the nitrogen analogs of lactones, formed by heating amino acids; the tautomeric enol forms are known as lactims.
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one of a series of anhydrides of an amido type, analogous to the lactones, as oxindol
Origin: [Lactone + amido.]
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A lactam is a cyclic amide. Prefixes indicate how many carbon atoms are present in the ring: β-lactam, γ-lactam, δ-lactam. Beta β, gamma γ and delta δ are the second, third and fourth letters in the alphabetical order of the Greek alphabet, respectively.
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