- having the structure of an epoxide.
- Also called epoxy resin. any of a class of resins derived by polymerization from epoxides: used chiefly in adhesives, coatings, electrical insulation, solder mix, and castings.
- to bond (two materials) by means of an epoxy resin.
Origin of epoxy
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Related Wordsadhesive, plaster, mud, sand, size, gum, concrete, binder, bond, solder, glue, paste, mucilage, gunk, tar, birdlime, sealant, mortar, lime, putty
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- of, consisting of, or containing an oxygen atom joined to two different groups that are themselves joined to other groupsepoxy group
- of, relating to, or consisting of an epoxy resin
- short for epoxy resin
C20: from epi- + oxy- ²
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Word Origin and History for epoxy
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- Any of various usually thermosetting resins capable of forming tight cross-linked polymer structures characterized by toughness, strong adhesion, and low shrinkage, used especially in surface coatings and adhesives.
- Containing an oxygen atom bound to two different atoms linked in some other way, especially a compound containing a ring formed by one oxygen atom and two carbon atoms.
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- Any of various artificial resins made of chains of epoxide rings. Epoxies are tough, very adhesive, and resistant to chemicals. They are used to make protective coatings and glues. Also called epoxy resin
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A high-strength adhesive, often made of two different materials that must be mixed together just prior to use.
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