acrylamide

[ 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.

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Origin of acrylamide

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Scientific definitions for acrylamide

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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