Definition of polyethylene
: a polymer of ethylene; especially : any of various partially crystalline lightweight thermoplastics (CH2CH2)x that are resistant to chemicals and moisture, have good insulating properties, and are used especially in packaging and insulation
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American chemist Carl Marvel actually made polyethylene by a different method before the ICI team, in the early 1930s.
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First Known Use of polyethylene
POLYETHYLENE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of polyethylene for English Language Learners
: a light and strong plastic that is used mainly in sheets for packaging
Medical Definition of polyethylene
: a polymer of ethylene; especially : any of various lightweight thermoplastics (CH2CH2)x that are resistant to chemicals and moisture and are used especially in packaging, insulation, surgical implants, prostheses, and tubing
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