[ uh-meen, am-in ]

  1. any of a class of compounds derived from ammonia by replacement of one or more hydrogen atoms with organic groups.

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Origin of amine

First recorded in 1860–65; am(monium) + -ine2

Other words from amine

  • a·min·ic [uh-mee-nik, uh-min-ik], /əˈmi nɪk, əˈmɪn ɪk/, adjective
  • a·min·i·ty [uh-min-i-tee], /əˈmɪn ɪ ti/, noun

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Other definitions for -amine (2 of 2)


  1. variant of amino- as final element of a compound word: Dramamine. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use amine in a sentence

  • “Follow me,” replied amine, leading Philip to an inner room on the upper floor.

    The Phantom Ship | Frederick Marryat

British Dictionary definitions for amine (1 of 2)


/ (əˈmiːn, ˈæmɪn) /

  1. an organic base formed by replacing one or more of the hydrogen atoms of ammonia by organic groups

Origin of amine

C19: from am (monium) + -ine ²

British Dictionary definitions for -amine (2 of 2)


n combining form
  1. indicating an amine: histamine; methylamine

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Scientific definitions for amine


[ ə-mēn, ămēn ]

  1. Any of a group of organic compounds that may be considered derivatives of ammonia (NH3) in which one or more hydrogen atoms have been replaced by a hydrocarbon radical. In aniline (C6H5NH2), for example, one hydrogen atom has been replaced by a phenyl group (C6H5). Amines are produced by the decay of organic matter.

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