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terephthalate

[ter-ef-thal-eyt, -it, tuh-ref-thuh-leyt] /ˌtɛr ɛfˈθæl eɪt, -ɪt, təˈrɛf θəˌleɪt/
noun, Chemistry
1.
a salt or ester of terephthalic acid.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; terephthal(ic acid) + -ate2
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  • The new material was polyethylene terephthalate, and it was the first polyester fiber to reach the consumer market.

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