Lactam is a type of antibiotic that is used to treat infections. It is usually given as a pill, but it can also be given in a shot.

  • The lactam is effective against both grampositive and gramnegative bacteria.

  • The lactam is being used as a last resort because other antibiotics have not been very effective.

Definition of lactam


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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