petrochemical

noun
pet·​ro·​chem·​i·​cal | \ ˌpe-trō-ˈke-mi-kəl How to pronounce petrochemical (audio) \

Definition of petrochemical

: a chemical isolated or derived from petroleum or natural gas

Other Words from petrochemical

petrochemistry \ ˌpe-​trō-​ˈke-​mə-​strē How to pronounce petrochemical (audio) \ noun

Examples of petrochemical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The industry association representing 32 petrochemical companies in South Korea said the average daily ex-factory shipments of their member companies had plunged by 90% due to the strike, now in its seventh day. Reuters, CNN, 12 June 2022 The closures were exacerbated by a punishing hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico, home to the world’s largest petrochemical complex, that damaged some refineries there. Peter Santilli, WSJ, 28 May 2022 The community of Wallace, which is almost entirely Black, sits along a rare stretch of undeveloped riverbank south of Baton Rouge that’s not been transformed by polluting petrochemical plants and other heavy industry. Seth Freed Wessler, ProPublica, 20 May 2022 That crazy idea may soon stand guard at Galveston Bay, home to the nation's largest export harbor and the biggest petrochemical complex in the Western Hemisphere. Ben Tracy, CBS News, 19 Apr. 2022 Its namesake is a community about twenty miles upriver from New Orleans, where suburban ranch houses huddle beneath an Oz-like petrochemical complex. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 20 Jan. 2022 In a sign that China may be growing increasingly uneasy about what’s happening in Ukraine, state-run Sinopec Group suspended talks about a major petrochemical investment and a gas marketing venture in Russia, Reuters reported Friday. Saijel Kishan, Bloomberg.com, 27 Mar. 2022 The hackers went after a nuclear power plant in Kansas and a petrochemical facility in Saudi Arabia, among other targets, federal prosecutors said. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 25 Mar. 2022 Zedan is chairman of the Zedan Group, which is involved in the energy and petrochemical sectors in Saudi Arabia and features the Zedan Racing Stables. Rob Harris, The Courier-Journal, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of petrochemical

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for petrochemical

petro- + chemical entry 2

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19 Jun 2022

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“Petrochemical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/petrochemical. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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