Macrolide definitions

măk'rō-līd
A class of antibiotics that are produced by certain actinomycetes of the genus Streptomyces, are characterized by a large lactone ring linked to one or more sugars, and act by inhibiting protein synthesis.
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A class of antibiotics that are produced by certain actinomycetes of the genus Streptomyces, are characterized by a large lactone ring linked to one or more sugars, and act by inhibiting protein synthesis.
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Any of a class of organic compounds containing a large lactone ring made up of twelve or more members.
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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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Origin of macrolide

German Makrolid makro- macro- L(acton) lactone -id -ide