Definition of caprolactam in English:

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caprolactam

Pronunciation: /ˌkaprōˈlaktam/

noun

Chemistry
A synthetic crystalline compound that is an intermediate in nylon manufacture.
  • A lactam; chemical formula: C6H11NO.
Example sentences
  • China on Friday imposed antidumping duties of up to 28% on caprolactam, a nylon fabric component, imported from Japan and four European countries.
  • Now this meant that in one go you could start from the reactants and end up with caprolactam, which is the stepping stone to nylon - and that's the revolutionary part of it.
  • If caprolactam is found on the backup section, it is added to the amount found on the front section.

Origin

1940s: from caproic acid + lactam.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: cap·ro·lac·tam

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