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

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Aside from the innovative first-to-market technologies, the products are vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated without questionable ingredients like parabens, phthalates, SLS/SLES, and phenoxyethanol. Samantha Sasso,, "This Under-$15 Skin-Care Brand Is Giving Back To The U.S. Military In A Big Way," 24 Aug. 2019 One common class of plasticizers is a group of molecules called phthalates—a category that contains carcinogens—although PVC plastic wrap doesn't contain them anymore. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "The sticky problem of plastic wrap," 12 July 2019 Nordstrom’s natural beauty and wellness department is stocked with beauty products and supplements free of sulfates, phthalates, parabens, petrochemicals, mineral oil, silicone, and talc. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where To Shop for Organic and Natural Beauty Products," 12 Aug. 2019 Separately, a March 2019 study found exposure to phthalates and polychlorinated biphenyl — again, two ingredients found in plastics — damaged the quality of sperm exposed to the chemicals. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Sperm counts are falling. This isn’t the reproductive apocalypse — yet.," 30 May 2019 Free of harmful ingredients like sulfates, parabens, phthalates and mineral oil, the COF collection will get your hair back on track. Essence, "4 Steps To Restoring Your Hair After a Protective Style," 3 Sep. 2019 Ingredients such as parabens, silicones, phthalates, and fragrances are typically on this blacklist, and for good reason. Kalia Kornegay,, "As more and more people lean into eco-friendly beauty products, these two female entrepreneurs are leading the charge in Connecticut," 21 Aug. 2019 Then there’s the issue of banning individual phthalates rather than the entire group. National Geographic, "Dollar stores moving to pull dangerous plastics from shelves," 24 May 2019 Formulas are free of parabens, synthetic colors, artificial fragrances, phthalates and other chemicals. Kevin Smothers,, "Designer Norma Kamali unveils her new, inclusive skin-care line," 8 July 2019

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1863, in the meaning defined above

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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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