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 They’ve been found to have anti-androgenic action, meaning phthalate exposure reduces testosterone—a particular problem for men. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 Featuring natural wood reeds in a clean minimalist bottle, this phthalate and alcohol-free formula lasts approximately four to six months. Amanda Lauren, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 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,, 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, 12 May 2020 The fitted lid is plastic but contains no BPA or phthalates. NBC News, 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, 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, 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, 21 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of phthalate

1863, in the meaning defined above

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phthalanilic acid



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5 Apr 2022

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“Phthalate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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