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petrochemical

[pe-troh-kem-i-kuh l]
noun
  1. a chemical substance obtained from petroleum or natural gas, as gasoline, kerosene, or petrolatum.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to petrochemistry or a petrochemical.
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Origin of petrochemical

First recorded in 1910–15; petro-2 + chemical
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British Dictionary definitions for petrochemical

petrochemical

noun
  1. any substance, such as acetone or ethanol, obtained from petroleum or natural gas
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adjective
  1. of, concerned with, or obtained from petrochemicals or related to petrochemistry
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Derived Formspetrochemically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for petrochemical

adj.

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

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petrochemical in Science

petrochemical

[pĕt′rō-kĕmĭ-kəl]
  1. 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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petrochemical in Culture

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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