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
Recent Examples of melamine from the Web
The convolution of melamine foam wedges is configured to absorb sounds that originate within the room — like notes from Taylor’s flute — and prevent them from reverberating or echoing.
Listen in now for horrifying tales of melamine-laced baby food and copper-painted tea leaves, but also for the surprisingly appetizing ways in which eaters can defend themselves against scams.
Recently, Tsui noted, concerns over safety and contamination—milk and baby formula tainted with toxic melamine; pigs illegally fed growth-enhancing asthma drugs—have driven residents to look more closely at the regional food chain.
Food safety scandals — for example, when dairy producers sold milk formula laced with melamine, putting 300,000 babies in the hospital and killing six — have produced embarrassing headlines for Beijing.
The revelation that pigs are being fed growth hormones that are considered harmful to humans so the animals develop more muscle and less fat has shaken consumers’ confidence in pork, just as the melamine scandal did with milk.
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Origin and Etymology of melamine
First Known Use: circa 1835See Words from the same year
MELAMINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of melamine for English Language Learners
: a type of hard plastic that is used especially for covering other materials
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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