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[byoo-tuh-dahy-een, -dahy-een] /ˌbyu təˈdaɪ in, -daɪˈin/
noun, Chemistry
a colorless, flammable gas, C 4 H 6 , soluble in alcohol but not in water, usually derived from butane or butene: used chiefly in the manufacture of rubber and paint, and in organic synthesis.
Also called bivinyl, vinylethylene.
Origin of butadiene
1895-1900; buta(ne) + di-1 + -ene Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for butadiene


a colourless easily liquefiable flammable gas that polymerizes readily and is used mainly in the manufacture of synthetic rubbers. Formula: CH2:CHCH:CH2 Systematic name buta-1,3-diene
Word Origin
C20: from buta(ne) + di-1 + -ene
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butadiene in Science
A colorless, highly flammable hydrocarbon obtained from petroleum and used to make synthetic rubber. Chemical formula: C4H6.
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