melamine

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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.