styrene

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noun sty·rene \ˈstī-ˌrēn\

Definition of styrene

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of styrene

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin styrax


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styrene

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noun sty·rene \ˈstī-ˌrēn\

Medical Definition of styrene

  1. :  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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