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 The main blaze at the Ming Dih Chemical factory had been brought under control by mid-morning, but an enormous tank containing the chemical styrene monomer continued to burn, said local disaster prevention official Chailit Suwannakitpong. David Rising, Star Tribune, 5 July 2021 Firefighters continued to douse the site with water and foam to keep the highly flammable chemical styrene monomer from reigniting, but flames broke out again and burned for about an hour Tuesday afternoon. David Rising, Star Tribune, 6 July 2021 Despite efforts by firefighters to keep the highly flammable chemical styrene monomer from reigniting by continuing to douse the site with water and foam, flames broke out again and burned for about an hour Tuesday afternoon. David Rising, Star Tribune, 6 July 2021 Last year in the Indian city of Visakhapatnam, a leak of styrene gas from a chemical factory killed 12 people and sickened more than 1,000. David Rising, Star Tribune, 6 July 2021 By mid-morning the main blaze at the Ming Dih Chemical factory had been brought under control, but a massive tank containing the chemical styrene monomer continued to burn, said local disaster prevention official Chailit Suwannakitpong. David Rising, ajc, 5 July 2021 Preliminary investigations indicate that the accident was caused by a leak in a styrene tank that had been neglected for weeks. New York Times, 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, 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, 25 Nov. 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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14 Dec 2021

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“Styrene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/styrene. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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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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Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about styrene

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