styrene

noun
sty·​rene | \ˈstī-ˌrēn \

Definition of styrene 

: a fragrant liquid unsaturated hydrocarbon C8H8 used chiefly in making synthetic rubber, resins, and plastics and in improving drying oils also : any of various synthetic plastics made from styrene by polymerization or copolymerization

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The catalyst for this rapid process is known are polystyrene microspheres, tiny particles which contain styrene and have a wide range of applications throughout the sciences. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Can Now Make a Carbon-Trapping Mineral in a Lab," 15 Aug. 2018 Pink Forest, for example lists styrene, acrylic, cast neoprene, paper, hair, polyurethane foam, acrylic, vinyl film, and steel among its materials. Thomas Hine, Philly.com, "Brandywine River Museum's new exhibit finds scary beauty in the realm of decay," 5 July 2018 Statewide, the discharges ranged from ammonia nitrogen, styrene, copper, and aluminum to oil and grease. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "Pa. second in U.S. for excessive industry discharges into waterways, says report," 27 Mar. 2018 In the past decade, Fitterling has led the packaging and specialty plastics business, overseen the carve out of Dow’s styrene and chlorine businesses and steered a $6 billion construction project on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Bloomberg.com, "+1 212 318 2000," 12 Mar. 2018 For more on Dunkin’ Donuts, see Fortune’s video: Dunkin’ Donuts’ foam cups have previously stoked controversy, with environmental activists targeting the cups for being non-recyclable and containing styrene, a potential carcinogen. Laignee Barron, Fortune, "In an Eco-Friendly Move, Dunkin' Donuts Will Ditch Foam Cups by 2020," 8 Feb. 2018 One of its ingredients — styrene — has been identified as a cancer-causing chemical. Aliyah Mohammed, The Mercury News, "Milpitas: City foam container ban may cover delis, grocery stores," 31 May 2017 One of its ingredients — styrene — has been identified as a chemical that causes cancer. Aliyah Mohammed, The Mercury News, "Milpitas: Council continues public hearing on foam food ware use to May 16," 4 May 2017 Ken’s body is made of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene plastic—the same sturdy material on the inside of most refrigerators. Caity Weaver, GQ, "The Ken Doll Reboot: Beefy, Cornrowed, and Pan-Racial," 21 June 2017

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First Known Use of styrene

1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for styrene

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin styrax

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The first known use of styrene was in 1885

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styrene

noun
sty·​rene | \ˈstī-ˌrēn \

Medical Definition of styrene 

: a fragrant liquid unsaturated hydrocarbon C8H8 used chiefly in making synthetic rubber, resins, and plastics and in improving drying oils also : any of various synthetic plastics made from styrene by polymerization or copolymerization

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