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styrene

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noun sty·rene \ˈstī-ˌrēn\

Definition of styrene

  1. :  a fragrant liquid unsaturated hydrocarbon C8H8 used chiefly in making synthetic rubber, resins, and plastics and in improving drying oils; also :  any of various synthetic plastics made from styrene by polymerization or copolymerization



Origin and Etymology of styrene

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin styrax


First Known Use: 1885


Medical Dictionary

styrene

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noun sty·rene \ˈstī-ˌrēn\

Medical Definition of styrene

  1. :  a fragrant liquid unsaturated hydrocarbon C8H8 used chiefly in making synthetic rubber, resins, and plastics and in improving drying oils; also :  any of various synthetic plastics made from styrene by polymerization or copolymerization




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


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