mel·​a·​mine | \ ˈme-lə-ˌmēn How to pronounce melamine (audio) \

Definition of melamine

1 : a white crystalline organic base C3H6N6 with a high melting point that is used especially in melamine resins
2 : a melamine resin or a plastic made from such a resin

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Chinese consumers acquired a taste for foreign formula following a scandal eleven years ago that uncovered widespread melamine contamination in infant formula made by domestic suppliers. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "China Mengniu Dairy Makes $1 Billion Bid for Australian Infant Formula Maker Bellamy’s as Beijing Pushes Self-Sufficiency," 16 Sep. 2019 Raw milk used to produce powdered baby formula had been watered down and the chemical melamine was added to fool quality checks. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "China's Mengniu to buy baby formula maker Bellamy's for $1 billion," 16 Sep. 2019 The powder is mixed with corn starch and a food-grade melamine binder to mold into tableware. Kavita Daswani, Los Angeles Times, "Tableware goes eco-friendly," 6 Sep. 2019 Food is served on break-resistant melamine plates, bowls and trenchers. Susan Dunne,, "At the new-look Cinepolis West Hartford, you’ll find luxury seating, in-theater waitstaff and soon, a full bar," 12 Aug. 2019 With pint-sized bistro sets for small spaces, affordable fire pits, luxurious lounge chairs, and melamine plates that can double as housewarming gifts, there's something here for everyone. Kelsey Mulvey, House Beautiful, "Wayfair Is Having a Massive Outdoor Sale Right Now," 11 June 2019 Cheery gingham placemats, durable melamine plates, and a stately plastic pitcher complete the look. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Wayfair Is Having a Massive Sale on All Outdoor Furniture Right Now," 8 May 2019 In 2008 Chinese dairy companies knowingly sold infant formula that contained melamine, a chemical that damaged the kidneys of hundreds of thousands of children. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "China’s Vaccine Scandal," 27 July 2018 Serve easy-to-handle bites like watermelon and feta skewers, open-face tartines with brie and crunchy apples, and grab-and-go snacks such as chips and dried fruit on melamine plates that look sophisticated but can also withstand poolside fun. ELLE Decor, "Now *This* Is How You Throw a Grown-Up Pool Party," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of melamine

circa 1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for melamine

German Melamin

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English Language Learners Definition of melamine

: a type of hard plastic that is used especially for covering other materials


mel·​a·​mine | \ ˈmel-ə-ˌmēn How to pronounce melamine (audio) \

Medical Definition of melamine

1 : a white crystalline organic base C3H6N6 with a high melting point that is used especially in making resins by reaction with aldehydes
2 : a resin made from melamine or a plastic made from such a resin

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