|petrochemical (pět'rō-kěm'ĭ-kəl) Pronunciation Key
Any of a large number of chemicals made from petroleum or natural gas. Important petrochemicals include benzene, ammonia, acetylene, and polystyrene. Petrochemicals are used to produce a wide variety of materials, such as plastics, explosives, fertilizers, and synthetic fibers.
Any material made from substances found in oil or natural gas. Most plastics are petrochemicals.