chlo·​ra·​mine | \ ˈklȯr-ə-ˌmēn How to pronounce chloramine (audio) \

Definition of chloramine

: any of various compounds containing nitrogen and chlorine

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Recent Examples on the Web And a water plant administrator in Poughkeepsie, New York, who stopped using chloramine to treat the city's water after concerns were raised about the chemical's effects on pipe corrosion. Julia Thompson, USA TODAY, "'It affects us all': Erin Brockovich's 'Superman's Not Coming' explores water issues, urges action," 25 Aug. 2020 While advocating on the behalf of the citizens of Columbia, Missouri, who were dealing with issues tied to chloramine, Brockovich battled it out with a scientist on a radio show. Sam Gillette,, "Erin Brockovich Reveals How Her Dyslexia — and Doubters — Shaped Her Citizen Activism Career," 27 Aug. 2020 Mixing those two products creates a solution that emits a harmful gas called chloramine – the same chemical reaction believed to have killed an employee at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Massachusetts last year. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "CDC: Americans desperate to kill coronavirus are dangerously mixing cleaners, bleaching food," 5 June 2020 Since 2004, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has treated San Francisco’s water with chloramine. J.k. Dineen,, "SF’s shuttered office buildings could face new health threat: unsafe water," 27 May 2020 The bureau advises us to filter our tap water because of carcinogenic chloramines and trihalomethane that are in the water as part of the disinfection process, as well as heavy metals that are picked up in the pipes on the way to homes. oregonlive, "Portland Commissioner Position 2 candidates explain what city policy changes they’ll immediately support if elected," 25 Apr. 2020 The water is cleaned to such an extent, Kothari said, that compounds like chloramine — a combination of chlorine and ammonia commonly used to treat drinking water — have to be blended back in to resemble the taste of ordinary tap water. Dominic Fracassa,, "From toilets to taps: SF tests new water recycling program," 20 Nov. 2019 For example, the Coway Aquamega home water purifier reduces up to 99.9 percent of contaminants such as lead, VOCs, turbidity, mercury, cyst, chloramine, and aesthetic chlorine. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Transform Your Home Into A Wellness Sanctuary With These Easy Tips," 31 Oct. 2019 Between 2001 and 2004, the District’s water system was found to have alarming levels of lead when the Washington Aqueduct, which supplies city water, changed its treatment chemical from chlorine to chloramine. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "D.C. finds elevated lead levels at 17 public school playgrounds," 25 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of chloramine

1893, in the meaning defined above

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“Chloramine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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chlo·​ra·​mine | \ ˈklōr-ə-ˌmēn, ˈklȯr- How to pronounce chloramine (audio) \

Medical Definition of chloramine

1 : any of three compounds formed by the reaction of dilute hypochlorous acid with ammonia especially : a colorless oily bactericidal compound NH2Cl having an ammoniacal odor
2 : any of various organic compounds containing nitrogen and chlorine especially when the chlorine is attached to the nitrogen atom (as in the groups −NHCl and −NCl2) especially : chloramine-t

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