styrene

noun
sty·​rene | \ ˈstī-ˌrēn How to pronounce styrene (audio) \

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

Examples of styrene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Preliminary investigations indicate that the accident was caused by a leak in a styrene tank that had been neglected for weeks. New York Times, "As India Reopens, Deadly Accidents Break Out," 8 May 2020 Doctors at the King George Hospital in Visakhapatnam, said patients had been exposed to styrene gas, which is used to make plastics and rubber. New York Times, "Gas Leak in India at LG Factory Kills 7 and Sickens Hundreds," 7 May 2020 An autopsy seen by this writer stated that the cause of death was drowning but that styrene toxicity contributed to it. Robin Lloyd, Scientific American, "Health Concerns Mount as More Old Sewer Pipes Are Lined with Plastic," 25 Nov. 2019 The compounds include hazardous air pollutants such as styrene and methylene chloride, as well as dibutyl phthalate, which some studies have identified as an endocrine disruptor. Robin Lloyd, Scientific American, "Health Concerns Mount as More Old Sewer Pipes Are Lined with Plastic," 25 Nov. 2019 Women's Voices for the Earth, an environmental advocacy group, tested pads from the brand Always in 2014, and found the products released chemicals like styrene, chloroethane and chloroform. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "New York will require menstrual product packages to contain a list of all ingredients inside, making it the first state to have such a law," 11 Oct. 2019 The seats may have been manufactured with styrene blocks that may not provide sufficient impact absorption in the event of a crash, the NTSB said in its announcement. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "50,000 school buses recalled nationwide," 22 Oct. 2019 The World Health Organization classifies styrene as a carcinogen. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "New York will require menstrual product packages to contain a list of all ingredients inside, making it the first state to have such a law," 11 Oct. 2019 Rubber is also considered plastic, both natural (isoprene) and synthetic (styrene butadiene). Los Angeles Times, "The biggest likely source of microplastics in California coastal waters? Our car tires," 2 Oct. 2019

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/styrene. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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styrene

noun
sty·​rene | \ ˈstī-ˌrēn How to pronounce styrene (audio) \

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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