melamine[mel′ə mēn′, -min]
a white, crystalline, cyclic compound, CHN, containing three cyanamide molecules in its structure, used in making synthetic resins
Origin of melamineGerman melamin ; from melam, an ammonium thiocyanate distillate ; from mel ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps + am(monium), ammonium + -in, -ine
- A white crystalline compound, C3H6N6, used in making melamine resins and waterproof coatings, for tanning leather, and as an additive to fertilizer to regulate the rate of nitrogen release. Melamine has also been used as an illicit and harmful additive to foodstuffs to increase the apparent amount of protein present based upon assays for nitrogen.
- A plastic made from melamine resin.
Origin of melamineGerman Melamin : blend of Melam, distillate of ammonium thiocyanate (mel-, arbitrary pref. + Am(monium), ammonium) and Amin, amine.