dibutyl phthalate


di·​bu·​tyl phthal·​ate ˌdī-ˌbyü-tᵊl-ˈtha-ˌlāt How to pronounce dibutyl phthalate (audio)
: a colorless oily ester C16H22O4 used chiefly as a solvent, plasticizer, and insect repellent

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Even still, the industry made a conservative shift from removing [dibutyl phthalate] from products. Kirbie Johnson, Allure, 15 Sep. 2022 According to a 2018 study published in the journal Environmental Study & Technology, nail polish brands started to label their products as 3-free in the 2000s to exclude toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate. Jenifer Calle, SELF, 4 Mar. 2022 Does not contain dibutyl phthalate, toluene, or formaldehyde. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Mar. 2021 These nail polishes don’t have any toxic formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde resin or camphor that are common in nail polishes. Dana Holmes, CNN Underscored, 14 Aug. 2020 The compounds include hazardous air pollutants such as styrene and methylene chloride, as well as dibutyl phthalate, which some studies have identified as an endocrine disruptor. Robin Lloyd, Scientific American, 25 Nov. 2019 Some polishes include potential cancer-causing chemicals like dibutyl phthalate, toluene and formaldehyde. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, 16 July 2018 See More

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Word History


phthalic acid + -ate entry 1

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dibutyl phthalate was in 1925

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Medical Definition

dibutyl phthalate

dibutyl phthal·​ate -ˈthal-ˌāt How to pronounce dibutyl phthalate (audio)
: a colorless oily ester C16H22O4 used chiefly as a solvent, plasticizer, pesticide, and repellent (as for chiggers and mites)
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