Definition of nonactin in English:

nonactin

noun

Biochemistry Pharmacology
  • A macrolide compound produced by Streptomyces griseus, C₄₀H₆₄O₁₂, which has antibiotic activity but is used chiefly as an experimental ionophore.

Origin

1960s; earliest use found in Helvetica Chimica Acta. From German Nonactin from non- + Actin- (in Actinomycetes), with allusion to Aktion (with reference to its initial failure to exhibit antibiotic activity).

Pronunciation

nonactin

/nɒnˈaktɪn/