melamine

[ mel-uh-meen, mel-uh-meen ]
/ ˈmɛl əˌmin, ˌmɛl əˈmin /

noun Chemistry.

a white, crystalline, slightly water-soluble solid, C3N3(NH2)3, used chiefly in organic synthesis and in the manufacture of resins, especially melamine resins.
any of the melamine resins.

Nearby words

  1. melagra,
  2. melaka,
  3. melaleuca,
  4. melalgia,
  5. melamed,
  6. melamine resin,
  7. melammed,
  8. melampus,
  9. melan-,
  10. melancholia

Origin of melamine

1825–35; < German Melamin, derivative of Melam distillate of ammonium thiocyanate (arbitrary coinage, but -am representing ammonium); see -ine2

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British Dictionary definitions for melamine

melamine

/ (ˈmɛləˌmiːn) /

noun

a colourless crystalline compound used in making synthetic resins; 2,4,6-triamino-1,3,5-triazine. Formula: C 3 H 6 N 6
melamine resin or a material made from this resin

Word Origin for melamine

C19: from German Melamin, from Melam distillate of ammonium thiocyanate, with -am representing ammonia

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