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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

Examples of acrylamide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Scientists Found a Way to Make Brain Tissue Indestructible," 18 June 2020 Several papers have listed CERT as funding his work (not related to acrylamide) and graduate students. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "The secretive nonprofit that made millions suing companies over cancer warnings," 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, "Coffee Doesn’t Kill After All," 5 June 2019 When consumed by the human body, acrylamide is converted into a compound called glycidamide, which can cause DNA mutations that may lead to cancer. Alix Wall,, "Some much-loved American Jewish classic foods may increase risk of cancer," 10 July 2019 When food is cooked at very high heat, an amino acid called asparagine can react with sugars to produce acrylamide. Alix Wall,, "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,, "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

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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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“Acrylamide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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