poly·​isobutylene | \ ¦pälē+ \

Definition of polyisobutylene

: a polymer of isobutylene varying from a viscous oil to a sticky or rubbery solid especially : an elastomer (C4H8)x that is formed at a low temperature (as −100° C) in the presence of a metal halide catalyst (as boron trifluoride) and that cannot be vulcanized unless a small amount of a proportion of isoprene or other diolefin has been incorporated with the isobutylene before polymerization — compare diisobutylene, synthetic rubber

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“Polyisobutylene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polyisobutylene. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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