from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of a group of organic compounds of nitrogen, such as ethylamine, C2H5NH2, that may be considered ammonia derivatives in which one or more hydrogen atoms have been replaced by a hydrocarbon radical.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A functional group formally derived from ammonia by replacing one, two or three hydrogen atoms with hydrocarbon or other radicals.
  • n. Any organic compound containing an amine functional group.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of a class of basic substances derived from ammonia by replacement of one or more hydrogen atoms by an alkyl or aryl group. Compare amide, in which an acyl group is attached to the nitrogen. Hydroxylamine and hydrazine, which are not an organic compounds, are also basic and may also be considered amines.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A chemical compound produced by the substitution of a basic atom or radical for one or more of the hydrogen atoms of ammonia, as potassamine (NH2K), ethylamine (C2H5NH2). The amines are all strongly basic in their character. See amide.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a compound derived from ammonia by replacing hydrogen atoms by univalent hydrocarbon radicals


am(monium) + -ine2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From ammonia (Wiktionary)



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