phthal·ate | \ˈtha-ˌlāt \

Definition of phthalate 

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

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This means, your precious little pup could unknowingly be chomping on BPA or phthalate containing plastics, or plush toys that have been treated with carcinogenic flame-retardants. Stephanie Eckelkamp, Good Housekeeping, "How To Make A Tug Toy For Your Dog From Old Towels," 9 Nov. 2017 Children's rain jackets are tested and found to exceed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act's limit on lead and phthalates. Good Housekeeping, "The History of the Good Housekeeping Institute," 31 Oct. 2015 The good news, though, is that phthalates linger in the body for only about a day. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Here's a new reason why eating out might be bad for your health," 29 Mar. 2018 Like everything in the Moon Juice kingdom, Beauty Shroom is free of chemicals (parabens, phthalates, silicone, gluten, among others). Kari Molvar, Vogue, "Meet Moon Juice’s Next Cult Creation: Skin Care With Super-herbs," 7 June 2018 Buy Now Tata Harper restorative eye cream Every guy should have his medicine cabinet stocked with a does-it-all eye cream and this all-natural, paraben-free, phthalate-free, and sulfate-free fits the bill. Matt Sebra, GQ, "The 8 Things We're Obsessed with This June," 5 June 2018 The campaign will identify products that are made without ingredients like surfactants (chemicals used to help clean and create suds) SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehyde, phthalates, musks, or mineral oil. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Sephora Is Launching a ‘Clean’ Beauty Section," 11 May 2018 Some of the products below are free of synthetic fragrances and colors, phthalates and parabens, and haven’t been tested on animals. Amanda Schupak, SELF, "The 11 Best Natural Makeup and Skin-Care Products," 14 May 2018 And be smart about avoiding potential toxins in plastics and receipts (phthalates and BPA), household cleaners, garden pesticides, water (use a home filter) and air. Houston Chronicle, "YouDocs0514," 13 May 2018

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1863, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of phthalate was in 1863

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phthal·ate | \ˈthal-ˌāt \

Medical Definition of phthalate 

: a salt or ester of phthalic acid

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