tributyl phosphate

noun
tri·​butyl phosphate | \ (ˈ)trī+- \

Definition of tributyl phosphate

: a liquid inorganic ester (C4H9)3PO4 made from normal butyl alcohol and phosphorus oxychloride and used chiefly as a solvent and plasticizer (as for nitrocellulose lacquers and cellulose plastics)

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tributyl from tri- + butyl

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“Tributyl phosphate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tributyl%20phosphate. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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