bu·​ta·​di·​ene | \ ˌbyü-tə-ˈdī-ˌēn How to pronounce butadiene (audio) , -ˌdī-ˈēn \

Definition of butadiene

: a flammable gaseous open chain hydrocarbon C4H6 used in making synthetic rubbers

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Recent Examples on the Web Officials have said the first blast occurred around 1 a.m. Wednesday in an area of the plant that makes butadiene, a chemical used to make synthetic rubber and other products. Washington Post, "Evacuation order lifted as huge Texas plant fire ‘contained’," 29 Nov. 2019 That was followed by a smaller voluntary evacuation order after officials detected elevated levels of butadiene, a chemical used to make synthetic rubber and other products. BostonGlobe.com, "AUSTIN, Texas — A federal watchdog says Texas officials wouldn’t cooperate with a report released Monday that cast doubt on public health assurances made during Hurricane Harvey, when the powerful Category 4 storm unleashed an environmental assault on the country’s largest petrochemical corridor.," 17 Dec. 2019 The plant, which manufactures butadiene, a chemical used to make synthetic rubber, is a common sight on the Texas Gulf Coast. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "50,000 people allowed back home after blasts at chemical plant in Texas," 30 Nov. 2019 Packard said the petrochemical plants emit hundreds of tons of toxic, carcinogenic pollutants, including butadiene, acetaldehyde, benzene and formaldehyde. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Environmental groups ban together to demand action on plastics from EPA," 3 Dec. 2019 The blasts happened near where TPC makes butadiene, a chemical used to make synthetic rubber and other products, company officials have said. NBC News, "Massive fire at chemical plant in southeastern Texas contained," 29 Nov. 2019 Officials have been monitoring the air because the fires were burning a chemical called butadiene, a colorless gas with a gasoline-like smell that is considered a health hazard, according to the US National Library of Medicine. Melissa Alonso And Jason Hanna, CNN, "Evacuation order lifted after Texas chemical plant explosions, but officials warn about asbestos debris," 29 Nov. 2019 Rubber is also considered plastic, both natural (isoprene) and synthetic (styrene butadiene). Los Angeles Times, "The biggest likely source of microplastics in California coastal waters? Our car tires," 2 Oct. 2019 About a dozen companies reported to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that the flooding had forced unauthorized emissions of pollutants, including cancer-causing 1,3 butadiene, benzene and ethylene oxide. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Texas agency blames Imelda in mass release of air pollutants," 25 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of butadiene

1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for butadiene

International Scientific Vocabulary butane + di- + -ene

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“Butadiene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butadiene. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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