borosilicate glass


Definition of borosilicate glass

: a silicate glass that is composed of at least five percent oxide of boron and is used especially in heat-resistant glassware

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Recent Examples on the Web The issue with borosilicate glass, sometimes, is that at high temperatures, some of the boron can dislodge from the glass and resettle somewhere else in the vial, eventually creating microscopic glass particles that flake off. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "The US government is spending millions to prevent a shortage of glass vaccine vials," 12 June 2020 Medical vials are traditionally made with borosilicate glass, which is highly resistant to extreme temperatures changes and more chemically durable than commercial glass. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "Finding a coronavirus vaccine is hard. Getting it to people is a whole other problem," 11 June 2020 The borosilicate glass won’t absorb aromas, so every batch tastes fresh. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "To brew the world’s most expensive cup of coffee, upgrade that Keurig," 5 Apr. 2020 This bundle includes a Porter Bowl, Porter Mug and a borosilicate glass Porter Bottle and Porter Glass. NBC News, "16 useful gift ideas for people who spend too much time at the office," 18 Dec. 2017 According to the Kinsey Institute, anything that's silicone, borosilicate glass (Pyrex), or stainless steel is a good bet. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "A Beginner's Guide to Butt Plugs and How to Use Them for Anal Play," 15 Oct. 2019

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1907, in the meaning defined above

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“Borosilicate glass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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