high-density polyethylene


noun Chemistry.

polyethylene consisting mainly of linear, or unbranched, chains with high crystallinity and melting point, and density of 0.96 or more, produced at low pressure and used chiefly for containers and articles made by injection molding. Abbreviation: HDPE

Nearby words

  1. high-context,
  2. high-count,
  3. high-definition television,
  4. high-density,
  5. high-density lipoprotein,
  6. high-dependency,
  7. high-end,
  8. high-energy,
  9. high-energy phosphate bond,
  10. high-energy physics


Origin of high-density polyethylene

First recorded in 1955–60

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