Meaning of hexamethylenetetramine

hex•a•meth•yl•ene•tet•ra•mine

Pronunciation: (hek"su-meth'u-lēn-te'tru-mēn"), [key]
— n.
  1. a white, crystalline, water-soluble powder, CHN, used as a vulcanization accelerator, an absorbent in gas masks, in the manufacture of the explosive RDX and synthetic resins, and in medicine as a diuretic and urinary antiseptic. Also calledmethenamine.
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