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synthetic rubber

noun
1.
any of several substances similar to natural rubber in properties and uses, produced by the polymerization of an unsaturated hydrocarbon, as butylene or isoprene, or by the copolymerization of such hydrocarbons with styrene, butadiene, or the like.
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  • For thirty-seven hours now they had been working on a report of their investigations of synthetic rubber.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
  • No one ever forgot the roly-poly pudding made without suet; synthetic rubber was its scientific name.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • But a great deal of scientific effort resulted in no more than what, for instance, synthetic rubber has been.

    The Iron Ration

    George Abel Schreiner
  • So it is evident that the supply of synthetic rubber could not have been adequate or satisfactory.

    Creative Chemistry

    Edwin E. Slosson
  • The problem of synthetic rubber has then been solved scientifically but not industrially.

    Creative Chemistry

    Edwin E. Slosson
British Dictionary definitions for synthetic rubber

synthetic rubber

noun
1.
any of various synthetic materials, similar to natural rubber, made by polymerizing unsaturated hydrocarbons, such as isoprene and butadiene
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