caprolactam

[kap-roh-lak-tam]
noun
a white, water-soluble compound, C 6 H 11 NO, used to produce a type of nylon.

Origin:
1940–45; capro(ic) + lactam

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caprolactam (ˌkæprəʊˈlæktæm)
 
n
a white crystalline cyclic imine used in the manufacture of nylon. Formula: C5H10NHCO
 
[C20: from capro(ic acid) + lactam]

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