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macrolide

Pronunciation: mak'ro-lid

Definition: A natural lactone with a large ring; usually consisting of 14–20 atoms; macrolides include a class of antibiotics discovered in streptomycetes, erythromycin; macrolides also inhibit protein biosynthesis.

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