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polyethylene

[pol-ee-eth-uh-leen] /ˌpɒl iˈɛθ əˌlin/
noun, Chemistry
1.
a plastic polymer of ethylene used chiefly for containers, electrical insulation, and packaging.
Also called, British, polythene.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; poly- + ethylene
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British Dictionary definitions for poly-ethylene

polyethylene

/ˌpɒlɪˈɛθɪˌliːn/
noun
1.
another name for polythene
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Word Origin and History for poly-ethylene

polyethylene

n.

polymer of ethylene, 1862, from French polyéthylène; see poly- + ethylene. Related: Polyethylenic (1860).

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poly-ethylene in Science
polyethylene
  (pŏl'ē-ěth'ə-lēn')   
Any of various artificial resins consisting of many ethyl groups (CH2CH2) joined end to end or in branched chains. Polyethylenes are easily molded and are resistant to other chemicals. They can be repeatedly softened and hardened by heating and cooling, and are used for many purposes, such as making containers, tubes, and packaging.
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