Definition of Lactone

1. n. 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.



Definition of Lactone

1. Noun. (organic chemistry) A cyclic intramolecular ester derived from a hydroxy acid. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Lactone

1. any of a group of esters [n -S] : LACTONIC [adj]

Medical Definition of Lactone

1. One of a series of organic compounds, regarded as anhydrides of certain hydroxy acids. In general, they are colourless liquids, having a weak aromatic odour. They are so called because the typical lactone is derived from lactic acid. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Lactone

lactoferrins
lactoflavin
lactogen
lactogenesis
lactogenic
lactogenic factor
lactogenic hormone
lactoglobulin
lactoglobulins
lactol
lactols
lactolysis
lactometer
lactometers
lactonase
lactone (current term)
lactones
lactonic
lactonisation
lactonization
lactonized
lactoovovegetarian
lactoovovegetarians
lactoperoxidase
lactoperoxidases
lactophenol
lactoprotein
lactoproteins
lactorrhoea

Literary usage of Lactone

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Handbook of Sugar Analysis: A Practical and Descriptive Treatise for Use by Charles Albert Browne (1912)
"The solution of a lactone acid, neutralized in the cold with sodium hydroxide, quickly becomes acid again through reconversion of the lactone into the free ..."

2. A Handbook of Sugar Analysis: A Practical and Descriptive Treatise for Use by Charles Albert Browne (1912)
"The solution of a lactone acid, neutralized in the cold with sodium hydroxide, quickly becomes acid again through reconversion of the lactone into the free ..."

3. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1912)
"Much difficulty has been experienced, however, in getting the lactone in crystalline ... The unchanged acid and lactone were distilled with water vapor, ..."

4. A Dictionary of Applied Chemistry by Thomas Edward Thorpe (1912)
"The lactone crystallises in slender needles, mp 130°-135°. It has [a] +08° when first dissolved, falling to +19° for the solution in equilibrium with the ..."

5. Victor Von Richter's Organic Chemistry ; Or, Chemistry of the Carbon Compounds by Victor von Richter, Richard Anschütz, Edgar Fahs Smith, Georg Schroeter (1899)
"Sodium amalgam causes the lactone to revert to d-galactose. ... Its lactone melts at 148-150°. Sodium amalgam reduces the lactone to ..."

6. Principles of Biochemistry for Students of Medicine, Agriculture and Related by Thorburn Brailsford Robertson (1920)
"THE lactone-STRUCTURE OF SUGARS. Before proceeding to the consideration of the disaccharides, it is important to review some recent accessions to our ..."

7. A Textbook of Organic Chemistry by Joseph Scudder Chamberlain (1921)
"It is, however, lew in the direction of its optical rotation, ie, d-fructose is levo-rotatory. • lactone Constitution of Glucose In discussing the aldehyde ..."

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