propylene

noun
pro·​pyl·​ene | \ ˈprō-pə-ˌlēn How to pronounce propylene (audio) \

Definition of propylene

: a flammable gaseous hydrocarbon C3H6 obtained by cracking petroleum hydrocarbons and used chiefly in organic synthesis

Examples of propylene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another similar incident took place in the facility later that year in August when a propylene recovery unit caught fire, leading to a drop in production, according to Reuters. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 Factories in China that turn propane into propylene—first stop on its way to becoming takeout containers—were too complex to shut down. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, 25 Oct. 2021 The shortage began when February’s winter storm shut down all five U.S. plants – four in Texas and one in Louisiana – that produce the main chemical, called propylene oxide, needed to make foam. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, 19 July 2021 The scrapers are made from durable propylene that will remain useful for life. Chris Hachey, BGR, 10 June 2021 Production capacity for ethylene and propylene is projected to increase by 33 to 36 percent, according to an estimate by the Center for International Environmental Law. Laura Parker, National Geographic, 6 Oct. 2020 It was most recently used to produce gasoline, diesel fuel, distillates, petroleum coke, propane, heavy fuel oil and refinery-grade propylene. J.d. Morris, SFChronicle.com, 1 Aug. 2020 Glycidol is an irritant that's a potential carcinogen, as is propylene oxide. Samantha Cole, Popular Science, 27 July 2016 People exposed to propylene can become dizzy and light-headed, and the gas can also cause liver damage. Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of propylene

1850, in the meaning defined above

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“Propylene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/propylene. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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propylene

noun
pro·​pyl·​ene | \ ˈprō-pə-ˌlēn How to pronounce propylene (audio) \

Medical Definition of propylene

: a flammable gaseous hydrocarbon C3H6 obtained by cracking petroleum hydrocarbons and used chiefly in organic synthesis

called also propene

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