styrene

noun

sty·​rene ˈstī-ˌrēn How to pronounce styrene (audio)
: 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 plant manufactures styrene monomer, an industrial chemical used to make plastics as diverse as utensils and insulation. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, 16 Mar. 2024 This stands for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, which is a material used to make fan blades. Michelle Love, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 May 2024 Most off-the-shelf keyboard cases will be made from either ABS or AES (acrylonitrile ethylene styrene) plastic. Henri Robbins, WIRED, 25 Jan. 2024 The most common types of filament are ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) and PLA (polylactic acid). Jade Chung-Lee, PCMAG, 31 Jan. 2024 This suitcase is made of ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), a super resilient and waterproof thermoplastic. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 11 Jan. 2024 Made from durable maple hardwood, the broom’s heavy-duty head features strong styrene acrylonitrile bristles that are attached in tufts and securely stapled in place to prevent shedding. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Aug. 2023 Her torso is fashioned from acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, while her arms are made of ethylvinylacetate. Tony Briscoe, Los Angeles Times, 7 Aug. 2023 The next air test, done six days later, showed the styrene concentration had dropped to 21 ppb. USA Today, 30 Mar. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin styrax

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 16 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

styrene

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