What Is an Amine?

Molecular model of Aniline, a prototypical aromatic amine, precursor to many industrial chemicals such as polyurethane.


An amine is a compound in which one or more of the hydrogen atoms in ammonia have been replaced by an organic functional group. Amines are generally weak bases. Further, most amines are organic bases. This organic compound has multiple uses in industry and is widely found in nature.

Amines have the prefix amino- or the suffix -amine included in their name.

Examples: Methylamine is an amine.