bu·​ta·​di·​ene ˌbyü-tə-ˈdī-ˌēn How to pronounce butadiene (audio)
: a flammable gaseous open chain hydrocarbon C4H6 used in making synthetic rubbers

Examples of butadiene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most common types of filament are ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) and PLA (polylactic acid). Jade Chung-Lee, PCMAG, 31 Jan. 2024 This suitcase is made of ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), a super resilient and waterproof thermoplastic. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 11 Jan. 2024 The chemicals, including butadiene and acrylonitrile, would be combined, slowly churned, cooled and finally stripped of elements unneeded in the finished NBR. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2023 Her torso is fashioned from acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, while her arms are made of ethylvinylacetate. Tony Briscoe, Los Angeles Times, 7 Aug. 2023 Hardside Luggage Materials Most hardshell suitcases are made out of polycarbonate, polypropylene, ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), or aluminum. Anna Popp, Travel + Leisure, 30 May 2023 These suitcases are made of ABS+PC (acrylonitrile butadiene and polycarbonate), a super-strong thermoplastic blend. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 26 May 2023 Coming in several colors including wine red and ice blue, its thick PC+ABS (polycarbonate and acrylonitrile butadiene) material is scratch-resistant to help this suitcase stay looking pristine, even after dozens of trips. Haley Lyndes, Travel + Leisure, 3 Apr. 2023 The pollutants the Baytown refinery released included sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, butadiene and benzene. Anna Phillips, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Mar. 2023

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Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary butane + di- + -ene

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of butadiene was in 1900

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“Butadiene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butadiene. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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bu·​ta·​di·​ene ˌbyüt-ə-ˈdī-ˌēn How to pronounce butadiene (audio)
: a flammable gas that is a hydrocarbon used in making synthetic rubbers

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