Definition of phthalimide in English:

phthalimide

noun

Chemistry
  • A bicyclic compound, C₆H₄(CO)₂NH, which is the imide analogue of phthalic anhydride, obtained by reacting the latter with ammonium hydroxide or ammonium carbonate and used in the manufacture of drugs (including thalidomide), pesticides, etc.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William A. Miller (1817–1870), chemist. From phthal- + imide, after French phtalimide, shortened from naphtalimide.

Pronunciation

phthalimide

/ˈ(f)θalɪmʌɪd/