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neoprene

[nee-uh-preen] /ˈni əˌprin/
noun, Chemistry
1.
an oil-resistant synthetic rubber: used chiefly in paints, putties, linings for tanks and chemical apparatus, and in crepe soles for shoes.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; neo- + (chloro)prene
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Examples from the web for neoprene
  • Made from neoprene, nylon and brightly-colored fabrics, they offer protection at the expense of style.
  • The sock is sort of a light neoprene mesh with a thin leather-ish sole.
  • Included neoprene arm strap keeps case firmly attached.
  • Lastly, there is a paper bag alternative: the neoprene lunch bag.
  • Consider purchasing accessories such as a neoprene mask strap cover to reduce pulling hair.
  • Two integrated cup holders with removable neoprene for different sizes of drink containers are provided.
  • The upside to this is that the neoprene collar does a good job of keeping debris out of the shoe.
  • Spray skirts are made of neoprene and keep water from getting in the boat.
  • Seat has built in two neoprene rollers to move forward and back.
  • The guard includes two plastic ear pieces covered with neoprene nylon.
British Dictionary definitions for neoprene

neoprene

/ˈniːəʊˌpriːn/
noun
1.
a synthetic rubber obtained by the polymerization of chloroprene. It is resistant to oil and ageing and is used in waterproof products, such as diving suits, paints, and adhesives
Word Origin
C20: from neo- + pr(opyl) + -ene
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neoprene in Science
neoprene
  (nē'ə-prēn')   
A tough, synthetic rubber that is resistant to the effects of oils, solvents, heat, and weather. Neoprene is a polymer whose basic constituent is chlorinated butadiene. Neoprene was one of the first synthetic rubbers to be developed.
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