bisphenol A

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noun bis·phe·nol A \ˌbis-ˈfē-nōl-, -ˌnȯl-\

Definition of bisphenol A

  1. :  an industrial chemical compound C15H16O2 that is a component especially of hard plastics (such as polycarbonate) and epoxy resins <The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that baby bottles and children's drinking cups could no longer contain bisphenol A, or BPA, an estrogen-mimicking industrial chemical used in some plastic bottles and food packaging. — Sabrina Tavernise> < … faulted federal agencies for reacting too slowly to concerns that children are exposed to bisphenol A, or BPA, through leaching from such items as water bottles, baby bottles and the linings of food and baby formula cans. — James Hohmann> —abbreviation BPA

Origin and Etymology of bisphenol a

bis + phenol


First Known Use: 1951


Medical Dictionary

bisphenol A

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noun bis·phe·nol A \ˌbis-ˈfē-ˌnōl-, -ˌnȯl-\

Medical Definition of bisphenol A

  1. :  an industrial chemical compound C15H16O2 that is a component especially of hard plastics (such as polycarbonate) and epoxy resins—abbreviation BPA Some studies involving exposure to bisphenol A have raised concerns about potential adverse health effects especially during infancy and childhood. Many plastic food and beverage containers and baby products (such as pacifiers) are no longer manufactured with bisphenol A.


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