Definition of guanidine in English:

guanidine

noun

Chemistry
  • [mass noun] A strongly basic crystalline compound, used in organic synthesis.

    • ‘When guanidine hydrochloride is present these complexes dissociate into smaller units.’
    • ‘Although a molecule of guanidine contains only five hydrogen atoms, it can effectively store nine by extracting hydrogen from the water recovered from the exhaust.’
    • ‘Galega officinalis is rich in guanidine, the hypoglycemic component.’
    • ‘RNA extraction was performed by the guanidine hydrochloride method.’
    • ‘However, experience with guanidine and biguanides prompted the development of metformin.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from guano + -ide + -ine.

Pronunciation:

guanidine

/ˈɡwɑːnɪdiːn/