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melamine (mĕl´əmēn´), common name for 2,4,6-triamino-1,3,5-triazine. Melamine is a trimer (see polymer) of cyanamide, H2NC[triple bond]N, and is synthesized from calcium carbide. It condenses with formaldehyde to give a thermosetting resin. Melamine resins have many uses, including the manufacture of plastic dishes under the trade name Melmac. Melamine also is notorious as a toxic adulterant of food and feed products. It is added to boost a product's nitrogen content, which is used by certain tests to estimate the product's protein content.

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mel·a·mine / ˈmeləˌmēn/ • n. 1. Chem. a white crystalline compound, (CNH2)3N3, made by heating cyanamide and used in making plastics. 2. (also melamine resin) a plastic used chiefly for laminated coatings, made by copolymerizing this compound with formaldehyde.

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