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melamine

[mel-uh-meen, mel-uh-meen] /ˈmɛl əˌmin, ˌmɛl əˈmin/
noun, Chemistry
1.
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.
2.
any of the melamine resins.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; < German Melamin, derivative of Melam distillate of ammonium thiocyanate (arbitrary coinage, but -am representing ammonium); see -ine2
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Examples for melamine
  • Invest in a set of inexpensive melamine plates and cloth napkins for outdoors.
  • She's trying to create a genetically modified yogurt bacteria that will glow green to signal melamine contamination.
  • Specifically, the ones made with melamine resin that is known to release formaldehyde.
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British Dictionary definitions for melamine

melamine

/ˈmɛləˌmiːn/
noun
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
Word Origin
C19: from German Melamin, from Melam distillate of ammonium thiocyanate, with -am representing ammonia
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Encyclopedia Article for melamine

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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