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Syllabification: mel·a·mine
Pronunciation: /ˈmeləˌmēn


  • 1 Chemistry A white crystalline compound made by heating cyanamide and used in making plastics.
    • A heterocyclic amine; chemical formula: (CNH2)3N3
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    • The melamine / acrylic binder is also more brittle than other binder resins we have used.
    • Sulphonated melamine formaldehyde condensate in the form of an aqueous solution was used.
    • The direct pressure laminate is basically a one step process, whereby all the layers are fused directly to the core at the same time, and impregnated with melamine resins using heat and pressure.
  • 2 (also melamine resin) A plastic used chiefly for laminated coatings, made by copolymerizing this compound with formaldehyde.
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    • Available in various materials such as bone, melamine, glass and plastic, there is a dish for every utility of your kitchen and the dining hall.
    • There are metal forks and spoons, melamine Chinese spoons and plastic chopsticks.
    • I found out only recently that melamine should not go into the microwave.


mid 19th century: from German melam (an arbitrary formation), denoting an insoluble amorphous organic substance, + amine.

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