bisphenol A

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

Examples of bisphenol A in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, 18 Mar. 2022 Around since the 1950s, bisphenol A can be found in beverage containers, the lining of canned foods, dental sealants and many toys, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 18 Mar. 2022 The allegations relate to the presence of bisphenol A, or BPA, which is used to make plastic hard and appears inside metal cans and in bottle tops. Nick Kostov, WSJ, 13 Oct. 2021 Plastics break down in the environment, and their degradation products, such as bisphenol A (BPA), are known to interfere with human hormonal function. Robert Rapier, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Yum Village stays green by using bisphenol A-free, biodegradable microwavable containers. Marc Bona, cleveland, 17 May 2021 These hormone-hijacking chemicals, which include phthalates, bisphenol A, and flame retardants, among others, have become ubiquitous in modern life. Stacey Colino, Scientific American, 16 Mar. 2021 The kitchen is often the hub of the home — and one of the biggest sources of exposure to phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), agents that essentially hijack hormones in the body’s endocrine system. Washington Post, 5 Mar. 2021 And unlike their plastic counterparts, glass containers are free of questionable chemicals (like bisphenol A, or BPA, or phthalates) that may interfere with your hormones and hurt the environment. Marygrace Taylor, SELF, 2 Mar. 2021 See More

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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

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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