pet·ro·chem·i·cal | \ ˌpe-trō-ˈke-mi-kəl \

Definition of petrochemical 

: a chemical isolated or derived from petroleum or natural gas

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petrochemistry \ˌpe-trō-ˈke-mə-strē \ noun

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The attacks crashed computers and wiped data off machines at the National Industrialization Company, one of the few privately owned Saudi petrochemical companies, and Sadara Chemical Company, a joint Saudi Aramco-Dow Chemical venture. New York Times, "Without Nuclear Deal, U.S. Expects Resurgence in Iranian Cyberattacks," 11 May 2018 Mukesh Ambani earned a reputation for executing large-scale projects and played a crucial role in taking the company into refining and petrochemicals in the 1990s and then telecom and retail in the 2000s. Fortune, "8 Things to Know About Mukesh Ambani, Asia's Newest Richest Man," 13 July 2018 Its equipment can identify the makeup of a lot of things, so it's commonly used in petrochemical, food and flavorings and other consumer markets, Harris said. Terry Demio,, "Covington business grows with the opioid epidemic," 2 July 2018 Ethane is used in plastics production and as a petrochemical feedstock. Rye Druzin, Houston Chronicle, "$550 million Texas natural gas project gets tax abatements from Nueces County," 13 July 2018 Vietnamese tailors mixed with Indian petrochemical engineers. The Economist, "Demography is not destinyBuilding a multiracial coalition is more difficult than it seems," 12 July 2018 His mother was once the mayor of Milan, his father the scion of a petrochemical conglomerate based in Sardinia. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Redemption Takes on Rock 'n' Roll at Its Parisian Couture Show," 9 July 2018 Both companies produce industrial and agricultural chemicals, and have significant petrochemical interests. Stella Yifan Xie And Trefor Moss, WSJ, "China’s Chemical Giants to Share a Chairman, Signaling a Merger," 2 July 2018 Catalonia especially benefitted, attracting international tourists and migrants from elsewhere in Spain looking for work in the machinery, textiles, automotive or petrochemical industries. Elaine Heinzman, Smithsonian, "How Soup Nourishes Barcelona’s Tradition of Welcoming Immigrants," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of petrochemical

1942, in the meaning defined above

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: a chemical that is made from petroleum or natural gas

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