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[pol-ee-eth-uh-leen] /ˌpɒl iˈɛθ əˌlin/
noun, Chemistry.
a plastic polymer of ethylene used chiefly for containers, electrical insulation, and packaging.
Also called, British, polythene.
Origin of polyethylene
First recorded in 1935-40; poly- + ethylene Unabridged
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another name for polythene
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Word Origin and History for polyethylene

polymer of ethylene, 1862, from French polyéthylène; see poly- + ethylene. Related: Polyethylenic (1860).

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polyethylene in Science
Any of various artificial resins consisting of many ethyl groups (CH2CH2) joined end to end or in branched chains. Polyethylenes are easily molded and are resistant to other chemicals. They can be repeatedly softened and hardened by heating and cooling, and are used for many purposes, such as making containers, tubes, and packaging.
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