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

Examples of acrylamide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The scientists began with a pair of graphite electrodes (consisting of an anode and a cathode) and an acrylamide gel. IEEE Spectrum, 19 Mar. 2024 Better yet, boil or microwave potatoes more often—those processes do not produce acrylamide. Lauren Manaker, Health, 6 May 2023 The same goes for zebrafish In the new study, the researchers suggest that acrylamide, a chemical formed during the frying process, especially in fried potatoes, is to blame for the higher risk of anxiety and depression. Taylor Nicioli, CNN, 24 Apr. 2023 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

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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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Cite this Entry

“Acrylamide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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