: any of a class of basic organic compounds derived from ammonia by replacement of hydrogen with one or more monovalent hydrocarbon radicals compare amide sense 2

Examples of amine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fats have an affinity for tannins Red wines typically have more amines, sulfites, flavonoids, and tannins, particularly a phenolic compound with antioxidant properties called resveratrol, also found in grape skins and leaves. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 20 Nov. 2023 Power plants designed to stem their carbon dioxide emissions typically capture the gas by bubbling their fumes through water loaded with alkaline amines. IEEE Spectrum, 18 Mar. 2015 Iproniazid, an amine oxidase inhibitor, as an example of a psychic energizer. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 27 Jan. 2016 Finally, amine is added to bind with the CO₂, which forces it to fall to the bottom of the chamber where it can then be isolated. Benjamin Plackett, Discover Magazine, 14 Apr. 2021 Scientists had hypothesized that any drugs that raised the stomach’s pH could increase the growth of bacteria that produce nitrites, which could interact with chemicals called amines to produce nitrosamines. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, 28 Oct. 2019 The molecules included amines, which are nitrogen- and oxygen-containing organic molecules that have some similar traits to those on Earth, according to the study's abstract. Fox News, 3 Oct. 2019 Overly blackened or burn marks on most foods cause heterocylic amines, or HCAs, which have been proven to cause cancer in studies on animals. Alix Wall, sun-sentinel.com, 10 July 2019 While there are organic pigments called AZO pigments available, multiple studies found that AZO pigments contain aromatic amines, which are known carcinogens. Bryan Proctor, courant.com, 5 June 2019 See More

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Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary, from New Latin ammonia

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of amine was in 1857

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“Amine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amine. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

: any of various carbon compounds derived from ammonia

Medical Definition

: any of a class of organic compounds derived from ammonia by replacement of one, two, or three hydrogen atoms with alkyl groups see primary amine, secondary amine, tertiary amine

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