caprolactam

[kap-roh-lak-tam]

noun

a white, water-soluble compound, C6H11NO, used to produce a type of nylon.

Nearby words

  1. capriote,
  2. capris,
  3. caprivi strip,
  4. caproate,
  5. caproic acid,
  6. caproyl,
  7. caprylate,
  8. caprylic,
  9. caprylic acid,
  10. caps.

Origin of caprolactam

First recorded in 1940–45; capro(ic acid) + lactam

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British Dictionary definitions for caprolactam

caprolactam

noun

a white crystalline cyclic imine used in the manufacture of nylon. Formula: C 5 H 10 NHCO

Word Origin for caprolactam

C20: from capro (ic acid) + lactam

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