Font Size
A
A
A

Definition of Acrylamide

Acrylamide: A chemical created in foods when starches and other carbohydrates are overheated (over 120°C or 250°F) during cooking. There is concern that acrylamide may be a carcinogen (cause cancer).

Acrylamide is used in papermaking, ore processing, permanent-press fabrics, and dye manufacture.

Acrylamide is also polymerized to form polyacrylamides which are used as water-soluble stabilizers, for example, in waste water treatment and in gel electrophoresis.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=31745
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

Medical Dictionary Definitions A - Z

Search Medical Dictionary





Medical Dictionary