hexamethylenetetramine

[ hek-suh-meth-uh-leen-te-truh-meen ]
/ ˌhɛk səˈmɛθ ə linˈtɛ trəˌmin /

noun

a white, crystalline, water-soluble powder, C6H12N4, used as a vulcanization accelerator, an absorbent in gas masks, in the manufacture of the explosive RDX and synthetic resins, and in medicine as a diuretic and urinary antiseptic.

Nearby words

  1. hexameron,
  2. hexamerous,
  3. hexameter,
  4. hexamethonium,
  5. hexamethylene,
  6. hexametric,
  7. hexamine,
  8. hexanaphthene,
  9. hexane,
  10. hexanedioic acid

Origin of hexamethylenetetramine

First recorded in 1885–90; hexamethylene + tetr(a)- + -amine

Also called hex·a·mine [hek-suh-meen] /ˈhɛk səˌmin/, methenamine.

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British Dictionary definitions for hexamethylenetetramine

hexamethylenetetramine

/ (ˌhɛksəˌmɛθɪliːnˈtɛtrəˌmiːn) /

noun

a colourless crystalline organic compound used as a urinary antiseptic. Formula: C 6 H 12 N 4Also called: hexamine, methenamine
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