[mel-uh-meen, mel-uh-meen]
noun Chemistry.
a white, crystalline, slightly water-soluble solid, C 3 N 3 (NH 2 ) 3 , used chiefly in organic synthesis and in the manufacture of resins, especially melamine resins.
any of the melamine resins.

1825–35; < German Melamin, derivative of Melam distillate of ammonium thiocyanate (arbitrary coinage, but -am representing ammonium); see -ine2 Unabridged
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melamine (ˈmɛləˌmiːn)
1.  a colourless crystalline compound used in making synthetic resins; 2,4,6-triamino-1,3,5-triazine. Formula: C3H6N6
2.  melamine resin or a material made from this resin
[C19: from German Melamin, from Melam distillate of ammonium thiocyanate, with -am representing ammonia]

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a colourless, crystalline substance belonging to the family of heterocyclic organic compounds, which are used principally as a starting material for the manufacture of synthetic resins.

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