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

Examples of petrochemical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition, petrochemical plants and oil refineries in areas not meeting the 65 ppb standard might also have to adopt new emission restrictions. Mark Schleifstein,, "Here are the Trump environmental rule changes that Biden might target," 17 Jan. 2021 Separately, at least 11 people are killed and 300 hospitalised after styrene gas leaks at LG Polymer’s petrochemical plant in Vishakhapatnam. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Modi’s Make in India revolution is coming at the cost of Indian factory workers," 23 Dec. 2020 Socar aims to invest another $2 billion in a Turkish petrochemical plant in a venture with BP Plc. Ercan Ersoy,, "Azeri Socar Shifts Plans for Goldman-Backed Port in Turkey," 28 Oct. 2020 Lavigne isn’t interested in seeing a memorial for the Buena Vista gravesite sitting in the shadow of a massive petrochemical complex. Popular Science, "In Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley,’ a Black community battles an industry that threatens its health—and history," 17 Nov. 2020 The company has since expanded throughout the Southeast and added products and services to customers in the oil exploration, refining, petrochemical, transportation, maritime and Louisiana sugar industries. Staff Report,, "Southern Chem Industries launches Moon Lite sanitizer subsidiary," 5 Nov. 2020 Triton came to be installed through a phishing message that targeted someone working at the petrochemical-maker. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Hackers behind life-threatening attack on chemical-maker are sanctioned," 23 Oct. 2020 While answering a question about health risks for those living near oil refineries, Biden used Houston as an example, saying that petrochemical and oil companies have polluted the air and water in the area. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, "5 takeaways from the final presidential debate between Trump, Biden," 22 Oct. 2020 None of this is to say the future for U.S. petrochemical producers looks bleak. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, "Covid-19 Shakes Up Plastics World Order," 15 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of petrochemical was in 1942

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26 Jan 2021

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“Petrochemical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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

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