ethylene oxide


Definition of ethylene oxide

: a colorless flammable toxic compound C2H4O used especially in synthesis (as of ethylene glycol) and in sterilization and fumigation

Examples of ethylene oxide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Or how a manufacturing facility in New Castle, Delaware, for years blanketed a day care playground with ethylene oxide, a highly toxic chemical that can lead to lymphoma and breast cancer. Kathleen Flynn, ProPublica, 2 Nov. 2021 Despite parents’ complaints, School board members compared the testing compound, called ethylene oxide, to sterilizing a fork with bleach but not being poisoned from using the fork to eat. Brooke Baitinger,, 24 Aug. 2021 The suits claim that BD, a company that uses ethylene oxide to sterilize medical equipment, and SRG, an automotive parts manufacturer that uses trichloroethylene in its operations, contributed to elevated cancer diagnoses near their facilities. Arielle Kass, ajc, 22 July 2021 All of the items are sterilized using ethylene oxide gas. Chris Hachey, BGR, 15 June 2021 The Grand Rapids facility later stopped using ethylene oxide. Michael Hawthorne,, 17 May 2021 The new map, released in August 2018, reflected a scientific consensus that ethylene oxide is far more dangerous than previously thought. Michael Hawthorne,, 17 May 2021 They were also instructed by senior leaders to limit air monitoring for ethylene oxide and to coordinate with EPA headquarters before conducting modeling of facility emissions, according to the report. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, 16 Apr. 2021 The facility sterilized medical equipment using the chemical ethylene oxide, a chemical the government says is linked to lymphoma, leukemia, stomach, and breast cancers. Gregory Wallace, CNN, 16 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of ethylene oxide

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ethylene oxide was in 1866

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18 Nov 2021

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“Ethylene oxide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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Medical Definition of ethylene oxide

: a colorless flammable toxic gaseous or liquid compound C2H4O used especially in synthesis (as of ethylene glycol) and in fumigation and sterilization (as of medical instruments)

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