am·​ide | \ ˈa-ˌmīd How to pronounce amide (audio) , -məd \

Definition of amide

1 : an inorganic compound derived from ammonia by replacement of an atom of hydrogen with another element (such as a metal)
2 : any of a class of organic compounds derived from ammonia or an amine by replacement of hydrogen with an acyl group — compare amine, imide

Examples of amide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After briefly trying different polymer components — amides rather than esters — Carothers turned to other research topics. Virginia Postrel, Twin Cities, 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of amide

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for amide

International Scientific Vocabulary, from New Latin ammonia

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“Amide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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am·​ide | \ ˈam-ˌīd How to pronounce amide (audio) , -əd How to pronounce amide (audio) \

Medical Definition of amide

: an organic compound derived from ammonia or an amine by replacement of an atom of hydrogen with an acyl group — compare imide

Other Words from amide

amidic \ ə-​ˈmid-​ik, a-​ How to pronounce amide (audio) \ adjective

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