tere·​phthal·​ate | \ ˌter-ə(f)-ˈtha-ˌlāt How to pronounce terephthalate (audio) \

Definition of terephthalate

: a salt or ester of terephthalic acid especially : a dimethyl-ester that is a major starting material for polyester fibers and coatings

Examples of terephthalate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Merck's molnupiravir and ivermectin are not the same drug Polyethylene terephthalate, which is commonly used for single-use disposable plastic bottles, is known to leach a harmful metal, antimony, that can cause lung, heart and stomach problems. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 16 Oct. 2021 Another troubling aspect of the issue, especially in Europe, is the lack of clear guidelines for determining how much recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is actually in any plastic or textile product used by the fashion or auto industries. Ed Garsten, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 An alarming new study finds that infant feces contain 10 times more polyethylene terephthalate (aka polyester) than an adult’s. Matt Simon, Wired, 22 Sep. 2021 The organism produced two enzymes that together enabled it to feed on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) by breaking it into its building blocks, terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, 1 July 2021 The new prototype is made using polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycled from bottles that have been thrown away. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, 24 June 2021 Previous studies found enzymes could break down plastic bottles made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) into terephthalic acid (TA). Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 June 2021 These include those in plastic soda bottles, polyethylene terephthalate or PET, and the plastic found in milk jugs and detergent containers, high-density polyethylene or HDPE (see figure below). James Conca, Forbes, 12 Mar. 2021 Nomen wines are sold in bottles made from polyethylene terephthalate, better known by the acronym PET. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of terephthalate

1868, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of terephthalate was in 1868

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“Terephthalate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terephthalate. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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