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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Avoid heavily fragranced products or air fresheners, which may contain phthalates. 10. Brian Alexander, Redbook, "10 Ways to Reduce Your Family's Exposure to Chemicals," 25 May 2011 Like all of Tarte’s products, the glue is cruelty-free and made without parabens, phthalates, and mineral oil. Elizabeth Siegel, Allure, "The September 2018 Allure Beauty Box: See All the Product Samples You'll Get This Month," 1 Sep. 2018 All Yeti mats are free of phthalates, latex and heavy metals. Sara Kennedy, The Seattle Times, "So Northwest: Pendleton-print yoga mats," 16 July 2018 Visit the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database to check the safety rankings of your favorite products, and be on the lookout for ingredients like parabens, phthalates, and DEA. Tehrene Firman, Redbook, "How to Get Pregnant," 10 Aug. 2017 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

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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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