Definitions for lactoneˈlæk toʊn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

lac•toneˈlæk toʊn(n.)

  1. any of a group of internal esters derived from hydroxy acids.

    Category: Chemistry

Origin of lactone:

1840–50; lact(ic acid)+-one

lac•ton′ic-ˈtɒn ɪk(adj.)


  1. lactone(Noun)

    A cyclic intramolecular ester derived from a hydroxy acid.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lactone(noun)

    one of a series of organic compounds, regarded as anhydrides of certain hydroxy acids. In general, they are colorless liquids, having a weak aromatic odor. They are so called because the typical lactone is derived from lactic acid


  1. Lactone

    In chemistry, a lactone is a cyclic ester which can be seen as the condensation product of an alcohol group -OH and a carboxylic acid group -COOH in the same molecule. It is characterized by a closed ring consisting of two or more carbon atoms, and a single endocyclic oxygen coupled with an adjacent ketone.


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