[ uh-kril-uh-mahyd, -mid, ak-ruh-lam-ahyd, -id ]
/ əˈkrɪl əˌmaɪd, -mɪd, ˌæk rəˈlæm aɪd, -ɪd /

noun Chemistry.

a colorless, odorless, toxic crystalline compound, C3H5NO, soluble in water, alcohol, and acetone: used in the synthesis of polyacrylamide and other organic materials, as textile fibers, in the processing of ore, and in the treatment of sewage.

Origin of acrylamide Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Science definitions for acrylamide


[ ə-krĭlə-mīd′ ]

A chemical compound that is derived from acrylic acid and easily forms polymers. Acrylamide is used in synthetic fibers and sewage treatment and as a medium in electrophoresis, especially to separate macromolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids. Chemical formula: C3H5NO.
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