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[pol-ee-oh-luh-fin] /ˌpɒl iˈoʊ lə fɪn/
noun, Chemistry
any of a group of thermoplastic, stiff, light, and hard polymers obtained from the polymerization of simple olefins like propylene, used for injection molding, mostly in the automotive and appliance industries.
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  • Wraps usually consist of fibrous spun polyolefin plastic, which is matted into sheets and rolled up for shipping.
  • Effects of loads on the structural and fracture behavior of polyolefin gas piping.
  • The merchandise is used as a slip agent for polyolefin products.
  • For use only in coatings for polyolefin films that contact food at temperatures not to exceed room temperature.
Encyclopedia Article for polyolefin


any of a class of organic substances prepared by the addition polymerization of olefins (hydrocarbons containing one double bond per molecule), especially ethylene and propylene.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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