bisphenol A

noun
bis·​phe·​nol A | \ ˌbis-ˈfē-nōl- How to pronounce bisphenol A (audio) , -ˌnȯl- \

Definition of bisphenol A

: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web The vulcanized rubber compound that makes up the outermost layer, the tread, often contains sulfur, zinc, carbon black, bisphenol A (BPA), and other chemicals. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "A pollution solution where the rubber meets the road," 9 Nov. 2020 The new study found people who had higher levels of bisphenol A in their urine were about 49% more likely to die during a 10-year period. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "High BPA levels linked to 49% greater risk of death within 10 years, study says," 17 Aug. 2020 That group includes the infamous bisphenol A that was used to create baby bottles, sippy cups and infant formula containers until frightened parents boycotted those products a decade ago. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "High BPA levels linked to 49% greater risk of death within 10 years, study says," 17 Aug. 2020 Many reusable plastic bottles are advertised as free of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA), which was commonly used in plastics until studies linked it to hormonal disruptions in humans. Washington Post, "Plastic, metal or glass: What’s the best material for a reusable water bottle?," 25 Sep. 2019 The other is to reduce public exposure to bisphenol A, or BPA, a chemical used to coat receipts. Steve Milloy, WSJ, "Bad Science May Banish Paper Receipts," 25 Feb. 2019 That’s one reason a growing band of researchers have come to suspect the influence of toxins in the environment—specifically, endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in compounds like bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates. Bryan Walsh, Newsweek, "Male Infertility Crisis in U.S. Has Experts Baffled," 12 Sep. 2017 Some chemicals of concern include estrogens from birth control pills, the plasticizer bisphenol A, and the herbicide atrazine. National Geographic, "Why Are These Male Fish Growing Eggs?," 3 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of bisphenol A

1938, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bisphenol A

bis + phenol

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“Bisphenol A.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bisphenol%20A. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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bisphenol A

noun
bis·​phe·​nol A | \ ˌbis-ˈfē-ˌnōl-, -ˌnȯl- How to pronounce bisphenol A (audio) \

Medical Definition of bisphenol A

: an industrial chemical compound C15H16O2 that is a component especially of hard plastics (such as polycarbonate) and epoxy resins abbreviation BPA

Note: 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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