Acrylamide definition

ə-krĭlə-mīd
A readily polymerized amide, C3 H5 NO, derived from acrylic acid and used in synthetic fibers and sewage treatment. It is a carcinogen and is present in some foods, especially starches and cereals that are cooked at high temperatures.
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A toxic, colorless, crystalline amide, H2C:CHCONH2, derived from acrylonitrile: it polymerizes readily and is used in making textile fibers, dyes, paper, etc.
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A chemical compound that is derived from acrylic acid and easily forms polymers. Acrylamide is used in synthetic fibers and sewage treatment and as a medium in electrophoresis, especially to separate macromolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids. Chemical formula: C3H5NO.
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(organic chemistry) The amide of acrylic acid, CH2=CH.CONH2; used in the manufacture of polyacrylamides.
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Noun

Singular:
acrylamide
Plural:
acrylamides

Origin of acrylamide

  • acryl(ic acid) amide

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition