phthal·​ate | \ ˈtha-ˌlāt How to pronounce phthalate (audio) \

Definition of phthalate

: any of various salts or esters of phthalic acid used especially as plasticizers and in solvents

Examples of phthalate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web True to the brand’s clean beauty ethos, Megababe’s hand sanitizers are also made without skincare toxins like parabens, phthalates, and sulfates. Nina Huang,, "This Busy Philipps-Loved Skincare Brand Still Has Hand Sanitizer in Stock," 13 May 2020 All of Topanga’s—ahem Danielle’s—hair care products are free of controversial ingredients thought to harm your hair and the environment, such as sulfates, phosphates, sodium chloride, gluten, parabens, phthalates, and artificial fragrances. Kate Tully Ellsworth, USA TODAY, "Topanga from Boy Meets World has her own hair-care line—is it any good?," 12 May 2020 The fitted lid is plastic but contains no BPA or phthalates. NBC News, "Best eco-friendly products to reduce plastic in the kitchen 2020," 6 May 2020 Stoiber recommends rugs with backings made of natural rubber and not PVC, a plastic that can off-gas and contain other harmful chemicals such as phthalates. Washington Post, "5 ways to give your home a green reboot," 22 Jan. 2020 The Starburst-pink candle is hand-crafted in the U.S.A., made of 100 percent soy wax, and free of phthalates, all of which sound like pretty positive attributes. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Finally, a Candle for People Who Feel "Personally Victimized" by Their Kids," 17 Jan. 2020 All of the mattress’s foam is CertiPUR-US Certified and does not contain phthalates, formaldehyde, and other harmful chemicals. Popular Science, "Seven quality mattresses you can buy online," 21 Nov. 2019 Researchers sampled sanitary pads (as well as diapers) from around the world, and discovered varying amounts of phthalates and volatile organic compounds in every brand. Popular Science, "Period underwear may contain troubling chemicals—but the real problem is much bigger," 15 Jan. 2020 Prose is revolutionizing haircare with custom, made-to-order formulas free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oils, and GMOs. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Clean Hair Care Is Hard—But Not Impossible," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of phthalate

1863, in the meaning defined above

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“Phthalate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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phthal·​ate | \ ˈthal-ˌāt How to pronounce phthalate (audio) \

Medical Definition of phthalate

: a salt or ester of phthalic acid

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