al·​ka·​nol·​am·​ide | \ ¦al-kə-ˌnȯl-¦a-ˌmīd How to pronounce alkanolamide (audio) , -ˌnōl-, -məd \
plural alkanolamides

Definition of alkanolamide

: a fatty acid used as a surfactant in some detergents The facility produces next-generation specialty surfactant products including: phospholipids; surfactants based on fatty acid alkanolamidesChemical Week, 8 Feb. 2006

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First Known Use of alkanolamide

1975, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alkanolamide

alkanol + amide

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“Alkanolamide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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