vul·​ca·​ni·​za·​tion | \ ˌvəl-kə-nə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce vulcanization (audio) \

Definition of vulcanization

: the process of treating crude or synthetic rubber or similar plastic material chemically to give it useful properties (such as elasticity, strength, and stability)

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Recent Examples on the Web Dunlop latex: Liquid latex is poured into a mold until full and placed into a vulcanization oven before being washed and dried at a high temperature. Grace Wu, Good Housekeeping, 7 July 2022 Both processes involve vulcanization, which involves hardening liquid latex using cross-linking methods, heat and other chemical agents. Grace Wu, Good Housekeeping, 18 May 2022 Dunlop latex is made by pouring liquid latex into a mold and placing it into a vulcanization oven before it is washed and dried at a high temperature. Grace Wu, Good Housekeeping, 18 May 2022 The modern condom was introduced in the mid-1800s, when inventor Charles Goodyear, of the Goodyear tire, introduced rubber vulcanization, whereby natural rubber and sulfur are combined under heat to create a durable, elastic material. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 20 May 2022 This is then placed into a vulcanization oven, washed and dried. Grace Wu, Good Housekeeping, 18 May 2022 Around this time, manufacturers began using a chemical known as disulfiram to accelerate the vulcanization of rubber. Richard Klasco, New York Times, 15 June 2018 More than three millennia before Charles Goodyear gets credit for inventing vulcanization, the Olmecs were making rubber in what is now southern Mexico, in 1600 B.C. Susannah Gardiner, Smithsonian, 2 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of vulcanization

1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Vulcanization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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