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)
Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:
- More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of tributyl phosphate
tributyl from tri- + butyl
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up tributyl phosphate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).