Definition of polycarbonate
: any of various tough transparent thermoplastics characterized by high impact strength and high softening temperature
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But over time polycarbonate clouds over, mostly due to UV rays that degrade the outer layer of plastic.
Made from highly robust, impact resistant polycarbonate, the lenses provide complete UV protection.
Though its precise dimensions may vary with fashion, a smartphone is fundamentally a sandwich of aluminosilicate glass, polycarbonate and aluminum sized to sit comfortably in the adult hand, and to be operated, if need be, with the thumb only.
Very few manufactured objects have ever been as ubiquitous as these glowing slabs of polycarbonate.
The lenses were polycarbonate, snipped out of human laser protection goggles.
Constructed from top-of-the-line galvanized steel and shatterproof polycarbonate plastic, the inch-high platform has a weight capacity of more than 600 pounds, which the manufacturer tested by parking an SUV on it.
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