thermoplastic

[thur-muh-plas-tik]
adjective
1.
soft and pliable when heated, as some plastics, without any change of the inherent properties.
noun
2.
a plastic of this type.

Origin:
1880–85; thermo- + plastic

thermoplasticity [thur-moh-pla-stis-i-tee] , noun
nonthermoplastic, adjective, noun
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thermoplastic (ˌθɜːməʊˈplæstɪk)
 
adj
1.  Compare thermosetting (of a material, esp a synthetic plastic or resin) becoming soft when heated and rehardening on cooling without appreciable change of properties
 
n
2.  a synthetic plastic or resin, such as polystyrene, with these properties
 
thermoplasticity
 
n

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thermoplastic   (thûr'mə-plās'tĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
Of or relating to a compound that can be repeatedly made soft and hard through heating and cooling. Polyethylene and polystyrene are thermoplastic resins. Compare thermosetting.
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Example sentences
As subsequent layers are added the molten thermoplastic fuses to the layers
  below.
Durable thermoplastic rubber housing will withstand severe weather and rough
  conditions.
The data would be encased in thermoplastic containers, and then stowed inside a
  metal casing.
Later he went in for tapioca and a thermoplastic that is equally gelatinous
  before it cools.
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