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[nee-uh-preen] /ˈni əˌprin/
noun, Chemistry.
an oil-resistant synthetic rubber: used chiefly in paints, putties, linings for tanks and chemical apparatus, and in crepe soles for shoes.
Origin of neoprene
First recorded in 1935-40; neo- + (chloro)prene Unabridged
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  • It wasn't a leather, it wasn't a rubber, it was like a neoprene.

    Warren Commission (10 of 26): Hearings Vol. X (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • Joel Latham felt a hardness at his heel, an irritating lump inside his neoprene boot.

    One Purple Hope! Henry Hasse
  • Scotty spent the time on a small repair job, taping up the neoprene gasoline hoses that carried fuel to the houseboat motors.

    The Flying Stingaree Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for neoprene


a synthetic rubber obtained by the polymerization of chloroprene. It is resistant to oil and ageing and is used in waterproof products, such as diving suits, paints, and adhesives
Word Origin
C20: from neo- + pr(opyl) + -ene
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neoprene in Science
A tough, synthetic rubber that is resistant to the effects of oils, solvents, heat, and weather. Neoprene is a polymer whose basic constituent is chlorinated butadiene. Neoprene was one of the first synthetic rubbers to be developed.
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