plasticizer

noun
plas·​ti·​ciz·​er | \ ˈpla-stə-ˌsī-zər How to pronounce plasticizer (audio) \

Definition of plasticizer

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

Examples of plasticizer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Celluloid depended on Taiwanese camphor as a solvent and plasticizer. Rebecca Altman, The Atlantic, 15 Mar. 2022 Additionally, the team also found 86 percent of the foods contained a plasticizer called DEHT, which was developed to replace phthalates, according to Edwards. Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2021 Additionally, the team also found 86 percent of the foods contained a plasticizer called DEHT, which was developed to replace phthalates, according to Edwards. Laura Reiley, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Oct. 2021 All of the foods the GWU researchers tested contained one or more phthalates or other plasticizer chemicals, according to the study, which received funding from foundations that promote liberal or left-leaning policies. Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2021 All of the foods the GWU researchers tested contained one or more phthalates or other plasticizer chemicals, according to the study, which received funding from foundations that promote liberal or left-leaning policies. Laura Reiley, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Oct. 2021 And back in March, a paper by an international team of scientists suggested that astronauts setting up a base on the Moon could use the urea in their urine as a plasticizer to create a concrete-like building material out of lunar soil. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 22 Sep. 2020 Then a 2004 study by Harvard health professor Robert Herrick identified the widespread use of PCBs as a plasticizer in caulk in schools built before 1980, estimating that as many as 14 million students and 26,000 schools could be affected. Author: Tammy Webber, Martha Irvine, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Oct. 2019 Then a 2004 study by Harvard health professor Robert Herrick identified the widespread use of PCBs as a plasticizer in caulk in schools built before 1980, estimating that as many as 14 million students and 26,000 schools could be affected. Washington Post, 16 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of plasticizer

1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Plasticizer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plasticizer. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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plasticizer

noun
plas·​ti·​ciz·​er
variants: or British plasticiser \ ˈplas-​tə-​ˌsī-​zər How to pronounce plasticizer (audio) \

Medical Definition of plasticizer

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

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