One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William A. Miller (1817–1870), chemist. From phthal- + imide, after French phtalimide, shortened from naphtalimide.
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