acrylamide

noun
ac·​ryl·​am·​ide | \ ˌa-krəl-ˈa-ˌmīd How to pronounce acrylamide (audio) , ə-ˈkri-lə- How to pronounce acrylamide (audio) \

Definition of acrylamide

: an amide C3H5NO that is derived from acrylic acid, that polymerizes readily, and that is used in the manufacture of synthetic textile fibers

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When food is cooked at very high heat, an amino acid called asparagine can react with sugars to produce acrylamide. Alix Wall, sun-sentinel.com, "Some much-loved American Jewish classic foods may increase risk of cancer," 10 July 2019 But acrylamide is one of hundreds of chemicals listed as carcinogens or reproductive toxins under California’s 1986 Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, known as Proposition... The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Coffee Doesn’t Kill After All," 5 June 2019 Berle's ruling, which was reported by The Associated Press, noted that neither side disputed that acrylamide is present in coffee. Michael Russell, OregonLive.com, "Cheap Eats 2018: Your guide to the guide," 4 Apr. 2018 Several experts said links between cancer and acrylamide in humans are weak or need to be replicated in additional studies. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Opioid company blames government for Native American crisis," 2 Apr. 2018 The same group took potato-chip makers to court in California years ago because acrylamide is present in fried potatoes. Brian Melley, BostonGlobe.com, "Will this be a buzzkill? Coffee cancer warnings could go beyond California," 31 Mar. 2018 Berle's ruling, which was reported by The Associated Press, noted that neither side disputed that acrylamide is present in coffee. Ashley Remkus, AL.com, "Petting zoo settles lawsuit with children who accused worker of sexual abuse," 30 Mar. 2018 Berle's ruling, which was reported by The Associated Press, noted that neither side disputed that acrylamide is present in coffee. Eli Rosenberg, courant.com, "Coffee must carry cancer warning, California judge rules," 30 Mar. 2018 And while tests in rodents do show acrylamide is a potential carcinogen, the National Cancer Institute also points out that humans and rodents absorb and metabolize the chemical differently. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Some Starbucks Could Label Coffee With a Cancer Warning," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of acrylamide

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acrylamide

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

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