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caprolactam

[kap-roh-lak-tam]
noun
  1. a white, water-soluble compound, C6H11NO, used to produce a type of nylon.
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Origin of caprolactam

First recorded in 1940–45; capro(ic acid) + lactam
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British Dictionary definitions for caprolactam

caprolactam

noun
  1. a white crystalline cyclic imine used in the manufacture of nylon. Formula: C 5 H 10 NHCO
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Word Origin for caprolactam

C20: from capro (ic acid) + lactam
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