ther·​mo·​plas·​tic | \ ˌthər-mə-ˈpla-stik How to pronounce thermoplastic (audio) \

Definition of thermoplastic

: capable of softening or fusing when heated and of hardening again when cooled thermoplastic synthetic resins — compare thermosetting

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Other Words from thermoplastic

thermoplastic noun
thermoplasticity \ ˌthər-​mə-​ˌpla-​ˈsti-​sə-​tē How to pronounce thermoplasticity (audio) \ noun

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There are thousands of them, comprised of thermoplastic elastomers (a combination of plastic and rubber), that serve as the shoe's foam. Chris Chavez,, "Nike Unveils Joyride Running Shoe in Latest Cushioning Experiment," 25 July 2019 More Biology and Tech The e-tattoo is built from the thermoplastic polyvinylidene fluoride and graphene, which is an allotrope of carbon that's 100 times stronger than steel. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "A Soft Skin 'E-Tattoo' Might Just Save Your Life," 26 June 2019 The crosswalks are made of thermoplastic polyurethane pavers. USA TODAY, "Fairy houses, feuding cousins, a fish app: News from around our 50 states," 3 June 2019 The egg and sperm mixture is placed inside an inner chamber made of sterile and gas-permeable materials: medical-grade polystyrene and synthetic rubber latex/thermoplastic elastomer and a silicone o-ring, according to INVOcell’s website. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "These Two Women Both ‘Carried’ Their Baby Using Reciprocal Effortless IVF," 16 Nov. 2018 Fun fact: They’re covered with thermoplastic polyurethane aka TPU, the same plastic and silicone material used for cell phone cases, laptop protectors, and 3-D printing. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Céline Dion Goes Full Futuristic Diva With Her Latest Instagram Selfie," 1 Aug. 2018 The rainbow crosswalks were created by laying and adhering individual multicolored, thermoplastic panels along the road, city officials told the AJC in 2017. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "Subcontractor to reimburse city for tearing up rainbow crosswalk section," 13 May 2018 Boost, the Levitate eschews the traditional ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam in favor of springier polyurethane (PU), which is encased in a thin of layer of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) to prevent it from compressing and losing its cushioning. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "Do New "Energy Return" Shoes Put Pep in Your Step?," 18 Apr. 2018 Hildreth dons a harness around his waist, equipped with a thermoplastic brace for back support. Jessica Gelt,, "The curious care and feeding of Olaf the snowman in Broadway's 'Frozen'," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of thermoplastic

1883, in the meaning defined above

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ther·​mo·​plas·​tic | \ ˌthər-mə-ˈplas-tik How to pronounce thermoplastic (audio) \

Medical Definition of thermoplastic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: capable of softening or fusing when heated and of hardening again when cooled thermoplastic synthetic resins

Other Words from thermoplastic

thermoplasticity \ -​ˌplas-​ˈtis-​ət-​ē How to pronounce thermoplasticity (audio) \ noun, plural thermoplasticities



Medical Definition of thermoplastic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a thermoplastic material

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