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macrolides in Medicine

macrolides mac·ro·lides (māk'rə-līdz')
n.
A class of antibiotics characterized by molecules made up of large-ring lactones.

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macrolides in Science
macrolide
  (māk'rə-līd')   
  1. Any of a class of organic compounds containing a large lactone ring made up of twelve or more members.

  2. 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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