vulcanization

noun
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)

Examples of vulcanization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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

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First Known Use of vulcanization

1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Vulcanization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vulcanization. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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