form·​am·​ide fȯr-ˈma-ˌmīd How to pronounce formamide (audio)
: a colorless hygroscopic liquid CHONH2 used chiefly as a solvent

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One of the most ubiquitous substances in the universe is a molecule called formamide. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 14 Apr. 2015 To test their theory, scientists ground up four different classes of meteorites and mixed them with liquid formamide. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 14 Apr. 2015 These molecules include methanol and formamide, which are important building blocks for life. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, 30 June 2017

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Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary form- + amide

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of formamide was in 1852

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“Formamide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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