polystyrene

noun
poly·​sty·​rene | \ ˌpä-lē-ˈstī-ˌrēn How to pronounce polystyrene (audio) \

Definition of polystyrene

: a polymer of styrene especially : a rigid transparent thermoplastic that has good physical and electrical insulating properties and is used especially in molded products, foams, and sheet materials

Examples of polystyrene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When researchers used a robot with wet surface material, polystyrene foam beads stuck to it, according to the study. Megan Marples, CNN, 10 June 2022 Clearly polystyrene is a poor diet for the larvae, Rinke says. Fionna Samuels, Scientific American, 9 June 2022 Instead of air, it's filled with polystyrene beads, a featherlight foam that floats on water while offering luxurious support. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 1 June 2022 These containers contain polystyrene, which makes up a large amount of the microplastics found in the oceans. Beth Krietsch, SELF, 19 May 2022 An initiative designed to reduce single-use plastics and polystyrene food containers will be on the ballot, a move by environmentalists to bypass the Legislature, where such measures have repeatedly failed in the face of industry lobbying. Susanne Ruststaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2022 Yes, the Ostrich Pillow looks ridiculous, but this wearable pillow-blanket hybrid envelops your whole head with cozy padding made from polystyrene microbeads. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, 6 Jan. 2015 Similarly, the group recommended a ban on foodware and packaging made of polystyrene, which includes Styrofoam. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2022 The second most common type of plastic found in the samples was polystyrene (PS), which is often used in food packaging. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of polystyrene

1927, in the meaning defined above

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“Polystyrene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polystyrene. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for polystyrene

polystyrene

noun
poly·​sty·​rene | \ ˌpäl-i-ˈstī(ə)r-ˌēn How to pronounce polystyrene (audio) \

Medical Definition of polystyrene

: a polymer of styrene especially : a rigid transparent thermoplastic that has good physical and electrical insulating properties and is used especially in molded products, foams, and sheet materials

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