containing the ethylene group.
Also called ethene, olefiant gas. a colorless, flammable gas, C2H4, having a sweet, unpleasant odor and taste, the first member of the ethylene series, usually obtained from petroleum and natural gas: used as an agent to improve the color of citrus fruits, in the synthesis of polyethylene, ethylene dibromide, ethylene oxide, and other organic compounds, and in medicine chiefly as an inhalation anesthetic.
- eth·yl·e·nic [eth-uh-lee-nik, -len-ik], /ˌɛθ əˈli nɪk, -ˈlɛn ɪk/, adjective
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How to use ethylene in a sentence
Peltier said that continued exposure to ethylene oxide “is only going to amplify the risk” of a breast cancer recurrence.
Inside, BASF workers mix the ethylene oxide with an alcohol and a catalyst, “cook” the batch for hours at a high temperature and cool it off.
The EPA mentioned ethylene oxide, but it seemed like an afterthought, Heck said.
The state agency carried out its own assessment on ethylene oxide, a chemical that contributes to the estimated cancer risk in this hot spot, and has concluded that it is less risky than the EPA says it is.
These rooms are then pumped with ethylene gas — the same gas emitted from fruit as they begin to ripen — to begin a uniformed ripening process.How Top Banana Moves Over One Million Pounds of Bananas per Week | Eater Video | July 14, 2021 | Eater
The prototypes are built from a recyclable flat foam-rubber called ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA).
“There are similarities between propylene glycol and ethylene glycol, the anti-freeze used in automobiles,” Dale said.
Such a solution is an absorbent of carbon monoxide; it also absorbs ethylene and acetylene.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection | Alexander Wynter Blyth
The latter, known as ethylene-selenourea, may be classified also in the azole group as 2-iminotetrahydroselenazole (V).
A similar relation holds good between marsh gas and olefiant gas (ethylene).
This process consisted in blowing gaseous ethylene into liquid sulphur monochloride in large iron reaction vessels.America's Munitions 1917-1918 | Benedict Crowell
ethylene burns with a bright luminous flame, and forms a very explosive mixture with oxygen.
British Dictionary definitions for ethylene
a colourless flammable gaseous alkene with a sweet odour, obtained from petroleum and natural gas and used in the manufacture of polythene and many other chemicals. Formula: CH 2 :CH 2: Also called: ethene
- ethylenic (ˌɛθɪˈliːnɪk), adjective
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Scientific definitions for ethylene
A colorless, flammable gas that occurs naturally in certain plants and can be obtained from petroleum and natural gas. As a plant hormone, it ripens and colors fruit, and it is manufactured for use in agriculture to speed these processes. It is also used as a fuel and in making plastics. Ethylene is the simplest alkene, consisting of two carbon atoms joined by a double bond and each attached to two hydrogen atoms. Also called ethene. Chemical formula: C2H4.
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