ac·​ryl·​am·​ide | \ˌa-krəl-ˈa-ˌmīd, ə-ˈkri-lə- \

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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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 saga began as early as 2002, when researchers found the chemical acrylamide in an array of foods. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Coffee Doesn't Cause Cancer After All, Says California Health Regulator," 16 June 2018 The coffee makers did not deny that the chemical acrylamide was found in coffee. Brian Melley,, "California judge affirms ruling for coffee cancer warnings," 8 May 2018 Frito-Lay and other brands agreed to reduce the acrylamide levels by 20% to 50% and make payments of up to $1.5 million. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, "Coffee Brands Fight California Ruling on Cancer Warnings," 16 Apr. 2018 Like many foods that are cooked, coffee-roasting creates a chemical byproduct called acrylamide that is a carcinogen. Brian Melley,, "Will this be a buzzkill? Coffee cancer warnings could go beyond California," 31 Mar. 2018 After losing an earlier phase of the case, the companies argued at a trial last fall that they should be allowed to come up with an alternative risk level for acrylamide in coffee. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "California Judge Rules Coffee Must Carry Cancer Warning," 29 Mar. 2018 The decision came after a non-profit group, the Council for Education and Research on Toxics, argued that the levels of acrylamide, a chemical produced in the coffee roasting process, posed a significant threat to consumers. Julie Mazziotta,, "Coffee Drinkers Are Less Likely to Die Early, Says New Study," 3 July 2018 Berle said scientists who testified on behalf of the coffee companies failed to prove that there was an acceptable level of acrylamide. Victoria Kim,, "Judge rules coffee sold in California requires cancer labels," 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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