from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A white crystalline compound, C3H6N6, used in making melamine resins and for tanning leather.
- n. A plastic made from such resin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a strong aromatic heterocyclic base, tri-amino-triazine, used, in combination with formaldehyde to manufacture melamine resins such as Formica™
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A nitrogenous strongly basic chemical substance (C3H6N6), structurally 2,4,6-triamino-1,3,5-triazine, produced from several cyanogen compounds, and obtained as a white crystalline substance; -- formerly supposed to be produced by the decomposition of melam. Called also cyanuramide. It is used as one of the starting components (together with formaldehyde) in the preparation of melamine resins, including the commercially marketed Formica (TM). It is solid at room temperature, and sublimes at temperatures approaching 250° C, decomposing at 345° C. Density 1.573.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A colorless compound, formed, together with melam, by heating ammonium cyanate. It crystallizes in monoclinic prisms. Also called cyanuramide, triguanide, and triurethriamidin.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a white crystalline organic base; used mainly in making melamine resins
Often, the term melamine is used both for the chemical substance as well as the plastic endproducts that contain the substance.
Be careful Del, if it comes from wallyworld it may (likely) contain melamine and/or lead, for reasons unknown to me.
Then the focus quickly shifted to a chemical called melamine, which is used primarily in the making of plastics.
The pet food was largely poisoned by a chemical reaction which included a product called melamine, which is used in fertilizer and plastics, mixed with wheat glutin.
An investigation showed that some milk suppliers were adding the industrial chemical melamine, which is used to make plastic, to their milk production to make it appear higher in protein.
This episode got me thinking more about melamine, which is mostly associated with cheap white furniture we find at big box stores and hard plastic plates decorated with cartoon characters, and how it could have possibly ended up in food!
Just this past winter, more than 300,000 Chinese children were sickened, and at least six died, as a resulted of consuming milk deliberately laced with the industrial chemical melamine, which is used in manufacturing plastic products but also creates a false positive for protein testing.
Zhang Yujun ran a workshop that produced a chemical called melamine that was reportedly the largest source of melamine in China.
China said this week that milk powder contaminated with melamine, which is used in plastics, had made at least 6,200 babies ill nationwide and killed four over a period of many months.
The FDA claims the melamine was the cause of an as yet uncounted number of cat and dog poisonings and deaths.