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

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Hundreds of people packed two recent town hall meetings in Marietta and Covington, where the two companies use ethylene oxide to sterilize medical devices. USA TODAY, "Record grapefruit, light rail win, Snake Road: News from around our 50 states," 29 Aug. 2019 As the Trump administration fails to take action, find out if your community has had high levels of ethylene oxide or other toxic chemicals according to EPA reports by checking the Tribune’s interactive map. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: Thousands of Illinois households could lose food stamps, national police union asks Lightfoot to apologize after hot mic moment and other things to know to start your day," 26 July 2019 The petrochemical giant owned by Britain's richest man Jim Ratcliffe is expanding its Chocolate Bayou chemical plant in Texas to tap into a fast-growing ethylene oxide market. Marissa Luck, Houston Chronicle, "Ineos to expand Alvin, Texas petrochemical plant," 9 July 2019 During this inspection the film processor suddenly started leaking ethylene oxide, destroying the test film. Fox News, "Apollo 11: How 'dumb luck' saved iconic Moon photos from being destroyed," 27 July 2019 At the time, Madigan urged the Legislature to pass legislation to ban or greatly restrict the use of ethylene oxide in Illinois. Charles Selle, Lake County News-Sun, "Selle: Waukegan blast lawsuit a dud when compared to EtO risks," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of ethylene oxide

1866, in the meaning defined above

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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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