plasticize

verb
plas·​ti·​cize | \ˈpla-stə-ˌsīz \
plasticized; plasticizing

Definition of plasticize 

transitive verb

1 : to make plastic

2 : to treat with a plastic a plasticized mattress cover

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Other Words from plasticize

plasticization \ ˌpla-​stə-​sə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun

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New Yorkers welcomed speckled Asian pears; papaya with its lode of dripping black seeds; rough-skinned litchi disclosing creamy white flesh; knobby cherimoya with guts of custard; star fruit with its sharp angles and plasticized shine. New York Times, "How the Kiwi Changed New York’s Food Scene," 16 Apr. 2018 But the team succeeded in finding a suitable binder to create the first ever plasticized thermite. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "These Are Syria's Chemical Weapons. Here's How To Destroy Them," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of plasticize

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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plasticize

transitive verb
plas·​ti·​cize
variants: or British plasticise \ ˈplas-​tə-​ˌsīz \
plasticized or British plasticised; plasticizing or British plasticising

Medical Definition of plasticize 

1 : to make plastic

2 : to treat with a plastic

Other Words from plasticize

plasticization or British plasticisation \ ˌplas-​tə-​sə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun

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