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ethylene oxide

noun, Chemistry
1.
a colorless, odorless, gaseous, toxic, ring compound, C 2 H 4 O, usually obtained by the oxidation of ethylene: used chiefly in the synthesis of ethylene glycol.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900
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  • The major use for ethylene oxide is as a chemical intermediate in industry.

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