Nylon vs. Polyamide

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Main Difference

The main difference between Nylon and Polyamide is that the Nylon is a family of synthetic polymers originally developed as textile fibers and Polyamide is a macromolecule with repeating units linked by amide bonds.

  • Nylon (noun)

    Originally, the DuPont company trade name for polyamide, a copolymer whose molecules consist of alternating diamine and dicarboxylic acid monomers bonded together; now generically used for this type of polymer.

  • Nylon (noun)

    A stocking originally fabricated from nylon; also used generically for any long, sheer stocking worn on a woman's legs.

    "They left the strip club when they discovered the ladies only stripped down to their nylons."

  • Polyamide (noun)

    Any of a range of polymers containing amide (or peptide) repeat units; examples include proteins and nylon.

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Webster Dictionary
  • Nylon (noun)

    a thermoplastic polyamide; a family of high-strength resilient synthetic materials

  • Nylon (noun)

    a synthetic fabric

  • Polyamide (noun)

    a polymer containing repeated amide groups

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