plasticizer

noun
plas·​ti·​ciz·​er | \ˈpla-stə-ˌsī-zər \

Definition of plasticizer 

: one that plasticizes specifically : a chemical added especially to rubbers and resins to impart flexibility, workability, or stretchability

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The organisms had high levels of persistent organic pollutants, like PCBs and PBDE’s, chemicals used in industrial manufacturing as plasticizers, coolants and flame retardants. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Even the Deepest Parts of the Ocean Are Polluted With Startling Amounts of Plastic," 11 May 2018 So the combination of plasticizers and dirty bath water creates almost a buffet for the bacteria to enjoy. Doug Criss, CNN, "The inside of rubber duckies are full of bacteria. You don't seem surprised," 29 Mar. 2018 Many are leaving out plasticizers, phthalates, formaldehyde, chlorine, halogen and heavy metals. Clare Miers, star-telegram, "Wallpaper is back! Here, local design experts talk the trends and share their picks | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 15 Mar. 2018 Independent research on beads collected from New Orleans parades has found toxic levels of lead, bromine, arsenic, phthalate plasticizers, halogens, cadmium, chromium, mercury and chlorine on and inside the beads. David Redmon, Smithsonian, "The Toxic Truth Behind Mardi Gras Beads," 8 Mar. 2017 They were produced from the 1920s to the 1970s and used in a range of industrial applications, including as pigments in paint and dyes, plasticizers in plastics and rubber, and components in electrical equipment. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "U.K. Killer Whale Contained Staggering Levels of Toxic Chemical," 4 May 2017 Some chemicals of concern include estrogens from birth control pills, the plasticizer bisphenol A, and the herbicide atrazine. National Geographic, "Why Are These Male Fish Growing Eggs?," 3 Feb. 2016 Some chemicals of concern include estrogens from birth control pills, the plasticizer bisphenol A, and the herbicide atrazine. National Geographic, "Why Are These Male Fish Growing Eggs?," 3 Feb. 2016 They were produced from the 1920s to the 1970s and used in a range of industrial applications, including as pigments in paint and dyes, plasticizers in plastics and rubber, and components in electrical equipment. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "U.K. Killer Whale Contained Staggering Levels of Toxic Chemical," 4 May 2017

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plasticizer

noun
plas·​ti·​ciz·​er
variants: or British plasticiser \ ˈplas-​tə-​ˌsī-​zər \

Medical Definition of plasticizer 

: a chemical added especially to rubbers and resins to impart flexibility, workability, or stretchability

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