thermoplasticity

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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