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neoprene

[ nee-uh-preen ]
/ ˈni əˌprin /
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noun Chemistry.

an oil-resistant synthetic rubber: used chiefly in paints, putties, linings for tanks and chemical apparatus, and in sportswear and crepe soles for shoes.

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Origin of neoprene

First recorded in 1935–40; neo- + (chloro)prene
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British Dictionary definitions for neoprene

neoprene
/ (ˈniːəʊˌpriːn) /

noun

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
C20: from neo- + pr (opyl) + -ene
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Scientific definitions for neoprene

neoprene
[ nēə-prēn′ ]

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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