melamine

noun

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

Examples of melamine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2008, a major infant-formula manufacturer was exposed for adding melamine, a chemical that causes kidney stones, to milk powder to artificially increase the protein content. Pei-Lin Wu, Washington Post, 11 July 2024 At the time, Sanlu powdered milk products were contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine, which resulted in about 300,000 children getting sick and at least six deaths. Bruce Gil, Quartz, 11 July 2024 In one of the most egregious examples, six infants died and some 300,000 others were sickened by milk powder formula containing the toxic industrial chemical melamine. Simone McCarthy, CNN, 10 July 2024 In the simplest terms, melamine is a very hard plastic that could easily be mistaken for ceramic or stoneware. Emily Farris, Bon Appétit, 26 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for melamine 

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Word History

Etymology

German Melamin

First Known Use

circa 1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of melamine was circa 1835

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“Melamine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/melamine. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

melamine

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