ac·​ryl·​am·​ide ˌa-krəl-ˈa-ˌmīd How to pronounce acrylamide (audio) ə-ˈkri-lə- How to pronounce acrylamide (audio)
: an amide C3H5NO that is derived from acrylic acid, that polymerizes readily, and that is used in the manufacture of synthetic textile fibers

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web They are also intended to make fried potatoes safer by lowering levels of asparagine, a naturally occurring amino acid that reacts with sugars at high temperatures to produce acrylamide, a potential carcinogen. Keith Kloor, Discover Magazine, 5 Dec. 2013 But experts say that the carcinogenicity of acrylamide in people is still up for debate. Kendall Powell, Discover Magazine, 17 July 2018 Naphthalene is associated with anemia, liver and neurological damage, while acrylamide and acrylonitrile have been associated with cancer and other health issues. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 27 June 2022 The good news is air fryers appear to produce lower amounts of acrylamide. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, 6 Dec. 2021 Rothamsted Research this month applied for a permit to field test wheat edited to contain less asparagine, an amino acid that becomes the carcinogen acrylamide when baked. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, 26 May 2021 In Chung's new version, there's a high concentration of acrylamide, which results in a tangled set of long polymer chains with links that slip and slide around. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 18 June 2020 Several papers have listed CERT as funding his work (not related to acrylamide) and graduate students. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 6 June 2019 Roasted coffee beans contain a chemical called acrylamide, which is also found in roughly 40% of calories Americans consume, according to the Grocery Manufacturers Association. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 5 June 2019 See More

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Word History


borrowed from French, from acrylique acrylic entry 1 + amide amide

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of acrylamide was in 1893

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“Acrylamide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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