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neoprene

[nee-uh-preen]
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noun Chemistry.
  1. an oil-resistant synthetic rubber: used chiefly in paints, putties, linings for tanks and chemical apparatus, and in crepe soles for shoes.
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Origin of neoprene

First recorded in 1935–40; neo- + (chloro)prene
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Examples from the Web for neoprene

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  • It wasn't a leather, it wasn't a rubber, it was like a neoprene.

    Warren Commission (10 of 26): Hearings Vol. X (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • Joel Latham felt a hardness at his heel, an irritating lump inside his neoprene boot.

    One Purple Hope!

    Henry Hasse

  • Scotty spent the time on a small repair job, taping up the neoprene gasoline hoses that carried fuel to the houseboat motors.

    The Flying Stingaree

    Harold Leland Goodwin


British Dictionary definitions for neoprene

neoprene

noun
  1. a synthetic rubber obtained by the polymerization of chloroprene. It is resistant to oil and ageing and is used in waterproof products, such as diving suits, paints, and adhesives
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Word Origin

C20: from neo- + pr (opyl) + -ene
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neoprene in Science

neoprene

[nēə-prēn′]
  1. A tough, synthetic rubber that is resistant to the effects of oils, solvents, heat, and weather. Neoprene is a polymer whose basic constituent is chlorinated butadiene. Neoprene was one of the first synthetic rubbers to be developed.
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