[ byoo-tuh-dahy-een, -dahy-een ]
/ ˌbyu təˈdaɪ in, -daɪˈin /

noun Chemistry.

a colorless, flammable gas, C4H6, soluble in alcohol but not in water, usually derived from butane or butene: used chiefly in the manufacture of rubber and paint, and in organic synthesis.

Origin of butadiene

First recorded in 1895–1900; buta(ne) + di-1 + -ene
Also called bivinyl, vinylethylene.
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British Dictionary definitions for butadiene

/ (ˌbjuːtəˈdaɪiːn) /


a colourless easily liquefiable flammable gas that polymerizes readily and is used mainly in the manufacture of synthetic rubbers. Formula: CH 2 :CHCH:CH 2Systematic name: buta-1,3-diene

Word Origin for butadiene

C20: from buta (ne) + di- 1 + -ene
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Scientific definitions for butadiene

[ byōō′tə-dīēn′ ]

A colorless, highly flammable hydrocarbon obtained from petroleum and used to make synthetic rubber. Chemical formula: C4H6.
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