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caprolactam

[kap-roh-lak-tam] /ˌkæp roʊˈlæk tæm/
noun
1.
a white, water-soluble compound, C 6 H 11 NO, used to produce a type of nylon.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; capro(ic) + lactam
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  • caprolactam is a white crystalline solid with an unpleasant odor.
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caprolactam

/ˌkæprəʊˈlæktæm/
noun
1.
a white crystalline cyclic imine used in the manufacture of nylon. Formula: C5H10NHCO
Word Origin
C20: from capro(ic acid) + lactam
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