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1. a chemical compound with a carbon chain of four or more atoms and several conjugated double bonds.
2. any of a group of antibiotic antifungal agents with similar structure, such as amphotericin b, candicidin, or nystatin; they are produced by species of Streptomyces that damage cell membranes by forming complexes with sterols.
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A chemical compound having a series of conjugated (alternating) double bonds; for example, the carotenoids.
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