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caprolactam

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noun cap·ro·lac·tam \ˌka-prō-ˈlak-ˌtam\

Definition of caprolactam

  1. :  a white crystalline cyclic amide C6H11NO used especially in making one type of nylon



Origin and Etymology of caprolactam

caproic acid + lactone + amide


First Known Use: 1944


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