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1. 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.
2. A plastic made from melamine resin.
[German Melamin : blend of Melam, distillate of ammonium thiocyanate (mel-, arbitrary pref. + Am(monium), ammonium) and Amin, amine.]
1. (Elements & Compounds) a colourless crystalline compound used in making synthetic resins; 2,4,6-triamino-1,3,5-triazine. Formula: C3H6N6
2. (Elements & Compounds) melamine resin or a material made from this resin
[C19: from German Melamin, from Melam distillate of ammonium thiocyanate, with -am representing ammonia]
1. a crystalline solid, C3H6N6, used in organic synthesis and in manufacturing resins.
2. any of the melamine resins.
[< German Melamin (1834)]
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