Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An organic compound containing an amine group bonded to a carbon atom, which in turn is doubly bonded to another carbon atom.

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  • noun organic chemistry Any of a class of unsaturated nitrogen compounds, having the general formula R2C=C(R)-NR2, prepared by the condensation reaction of an aldehyde or ketone with an secondary amine; they are the tautomeric forms of imines.

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  • noun an amine containing the double bond linkage -C=C-N-

Etymologies

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

[en-, chemically unsaturated (from –ene) + –amine.]

Examples

  • At exactly the same moment, the organic catalyst interacts with the aldehyde, forming an enamine, also an activated unstable molecule.

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