Pronunciation: (am'īd, -id), [key]
1. a metallic derivative of ammonia in which the -NH2 group is retained, as potassium amide, KNH2.
2. an organic compound obtained by replacing the -OH group in acids by the -NH2 group.
3. an organic compound formed from ammonia by replacing a hydrogen atom by an acyl group.
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