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[proh-puh-leen] /ˈproʊ pəˌlin/
containing the propylene group.
Also, propene. a colorless, flammable gas, C 3 H 6 , of the olefin series: used chiefly in organic synthesis.
1840-50; propyl + -ene Unabridged
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Examples from the web for propylene
  • Lignin is a complex highly crosslinked array of phenyl propylene units that has its biosynthetic origin in phenylalanine.
  • propylene dichloride is used as a chemical intermediate in several industries.
British Dictionary definitions for propylene


another name for propene
Word Origin
C19: from propyl + -ene
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propylene in Medicine

propylene pro·pyl·ene (prō'pə-lēn')
A flammable gas derived from processing petroleum hydrocarbon and used in organic synthesis. Also called propene.

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propylene in Science
A flammable gas produced by cracking (breaking down) petroleum and used to make plastics and isopropyl alcohol. Propylene is the second member of the alkene series. Also called propene. Chemical formula: C3H6.
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Encyclopedia Article for propylene


a colourless, flammable, gaseous hydrocarbon, C3H6, obtained from petroleum; large quantities of propylene are used in the manufacture of resins, fibres, and elastomers (see polyolefin), and numerous other chemical products. See glycol; propyl alcohol.

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