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.
A toxic, colorless, crystalline amide, H2C:CHCONH2, derived from acrylonitrile: it polymerizes readily and is used in making textile fibers, dyes, paper, etc.
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.
Other Word Forms
Origin of acrylamide
- acryl(ic acid) amide
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition