petrochemical

[ pe-troh-kem-i-kuh l ]
/ ˌpɛ troʊˈkɛm ɪ kəl /
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noun

a chemical substance obtained from petroleum or natural gas, as gasoline, kerosene, or petrolatum.

adjective

of or relating to petrochemistry or a petrochemical.

Nearby words

  1. petro,
  2. petro-,
  3. petrobrusian,
  4. petrobutanol,
  5. petroccipital,
  6. petrochemistry,
  7. petrodollar,
  8. petrodollars,
  9. petrog.,
  10. petrogenesis

Origin of petrochemical

First recorded in 1910–15; petro-2 + chemical

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British Dictionary definitions for petrochemical

petrochemical

/ (ˌpɛtrəʊˈkɛmɪkəl) /

noun

any substance, such as acetone or ethanol, obtained from petroleum or natural gas

adjective

of, concerned with, or obtained from petrochemicals or related to petrochemistry
Derived Formspetrochemically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for petrochemical

petrochemical

adj.

1913, from petro- (1) + chemical (adj.). As a noun from 1942.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for petrochemical

petrochemical

[ pĕt′rō-kĕmĭ-kəl ]

Any of a large number of chemicals made from petroleum or natural gas. Important petrochemicals include benzene, ammonia, acetylene, and polystyrene. Petrochemicals are used to produce a wide variety of materials, such as plastics, explosives, fertilizers, and synthetic fibers.
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Culture definitions for petrochemical

petrochemical

[ (pet-roh-kem-i-kuhl) ]

Any material made from substances found in oil or natural gas. Most plastics are petrochemicals.

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