vulcanization

noun
vul·ca·ni·za·tion | \ˌvəl-kə-nə-ˈzā-shən \

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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Around this time, manufacturers began using a chemical known as disulfiram to accelerate the vulcanization of rubber. Richard Klasco, New York Times, "Can I Drink Alcohol While Taking Antibiotics?," 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, "How Native Civilizations Innovated to Conquer the Wilderness," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of vulcanization

1846, in the meaning defined above

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