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ethylene

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noun eth·yl·ene \ˈe-thə-ˌlēn\

Definition of ethylene

  1. 1 :  a colorless flammable gaseous unsaturated hydrocarbon C2H4 that is found in coal gas, can be produced by pyrolysis of petroleum hydrocarbons, and occurs in plants functioning especially as a natural growth regulator that promotes the ripening of fruit

  2. 2 :  a divalent hydrocarbon group C2H4 derived from ethane

ethylenic

play \ˌe-thə-ˈlē-nik, -ˈle-nik\ adjective


Circa 1852

First Known Use of ethylene

circa 1852


Medical Dictionary

ethylene

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noun eth·yl·ene \ˈeth-ə-ˌlēn\

Medical Definition of ethylene

  1. 1:  a colorless flammable gaseous unsaturated hydrocarbon C2H4 that is found in coal gas, can be produced by pyrolysis of petroleum hydrocarbons, is used in medicine as a general inhalation anesthetic, and occurs in plants functioning especially as a natural growth regulator that promotes the ripening of fruit—called also ethene

  2. 2:  a divalent hydrocarbon group C2H4 derived from ethane

ethylenic

\ˌeth-ə-ˈlē-nik, -ˈlen-ik\play play adjective

ethylenically

\-ˈlē-ni-k(ə-)lē, -ˈlen-i-k(ə-)lē\play play adverb



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  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of ethylene Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about ethylene


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