Clavams are a class of anitbiotics. They are similar to penams, but with an oxygen substituted for the sulfur.[1] Thus, they are also known as oxapenams.

An example is clavulanic acid,[2] from which this compound class receives its name.


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  2. Chemical Research Laboratory, Oxford University (The Schofield Group). "Antibiotic Biosynthesis, Clavulanic Acid Mode of Action and Biosynthesis". Retrieved 2011-07-25.
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