lactone

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lactone

[′lak‚tōn]
(organic chemistry)
An internal cyclic mono ester formed by gamma (γ) or delta (δ) hydroxy acids spontaneously; thus γ-hydroxybutyric acid forms γ-butyrolactone.
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