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

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Recent Examples on the Web The super enzyme could have major implications for recycling polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is the most common thermoplastic used in single-use drinks bottles, carpets, and clothing. Jack Guy, CNN, "Scientists create 'super enzyme' that eats plastic bottles six times faster," 29 Sep. 2020 There are also rugs made with Sunbrella polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fabrics, which contain consist of recycled plastic from water bottles. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How to choose an area rug and set the room’s style, from the ground up," 22 Aug. 2020 For every lane mile of pavement, the TechniSoil system recycles about 150,000 of what’s known as PET bottles – the initials stand for polyethylene terephthalate – a type 1 plastic. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Plastic water and soda bottles are being recycled into a new highway in California," 8 Aug. 2020 For example, Chiba city near Tokyo flags designated spots for people to throw away the caps used to seal polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. Emiko Jozuka, CNN, "Japan finally announced a fee for plastic bags. Will that stop its obsession with plastic?," 29 July 2020 Here are common recyclable materials: PET (polyethylene terephthalate) HDPE (high-density polyethylene) LDPE (low-density polyethylene) PE (polyethylene) ✔️Avoid mixed-material packaging. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, "How to Spot and Use Eco-Friendly Packaging," 4 May 2020 Known as leaf-branch compost cutinase (LLC), the enzyme cuts bonds between two building blocks in PET plastics, terephthalate, and ethylene glycol. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "A Mutant Enzyme Could Make Recycling Worthwhile," 13 Apr. 2020 That enzyme, known as leaf-branch compost cutinase (LLC), snips the bonds between PET’s two building blocks: terephthalate and ethylene glycol. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "‘A huge step forward.’ Mutant enzyme could vastly improve recycling of plastic bottles," 8 Apr. 2020 The manufacturer is running operations around the clock at all of its facilities to fulfill orders for flip-top closures and plastic bottles made from polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, spokeswoman Amy Waterman said. Edward Ludlow, Bloomberg.com, "Hand Sanitizer Will Be Hard to Find for a Long Time," 16 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of terephthalate

1868, in the meaning defined above

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“Terephthalate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terephthalate. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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