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

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Other Words from petrochemical

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

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In August, 2017, a hacking operation on a Saudi petrochemical plant was reportedly designed to sabotage the facility and trigger an explosion. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "In Saudi Arabia, World Oil Supplies Are in Flames," 16 Sep. 2019 In Ohio, a petrochemical plant proposed in Belmont County has languished in the planning stages for years. Washington Post, "Hospital closings hit hard on the edge of the Rust Belt," 8 Sep. 2019 Thousands of union workers at a western Pennsylvania petrochemical plant were given a choice last week — show up for President Donald Trump's speech on Wednesday or stay home and lose some of their weekly pay. NBC News, "Shell workers would have lost pay if they missed Trump speech at plant," 18 Aug. 2019 The Port of Houston, located along the ship channel, is home to the largest petrochemical complex in the U.S. CBS News, "Greenpeace protesters who dangled from bridge over vital ship channel arrested," 13 Sep. 2019 Many synthetic leathers are made of petrochemicals, which raises an environmental dilemma for some consumers. Los Angeles Times, "America is obsessed with beef. But it has no use for hides, so leather prices plunge," 19 Aug. 2019 Nordstrom’s natural beauty and wellness department is stocked with beauty products and supplements free of sulfates, phthalates, parabens, petrochemicals, mineral oil, silicone, and talc. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where To Shop for Organic and Natural Beauty Products," 12 Aug. 2019 Nonetheless, oil demand continues to rise, driven not only by our thirst for mobility, but for the many products—including plastics—made using petrochemicals, which are generally derived from oil and gas. Christina Nunez, National Geographic, "Fossil fuels, explained," 2 Apr. 2019 Speaking at a petrochemical company in Monaca, Pa. earlier in the day, Trump mocked the case against him, and denied he's been profiting from the presidency — baselessly claiming his position will cost him $3-$5 billion. Dareh Gregorian, NBC News, "Top Democrat urges foreign governments to stop using Trump hotels, paying his businesses," 13 Aug. 2019

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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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petrochemical

noun

English Language Learners Definition of petrochemical

technical : a chemical that is made from petroleum or natural gas

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