[ thal-eyt, fthal- ]
/ ˈθæl eɪt, ˈfθæl- /
a salt or ester of phthalic acid: phthalates are used mainly, and profusely, as plasticizers and solvents, but growing concern over their environmental impact has led to interest in developing biological alternatives.
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British Dictionary definitions for phthalate
/ (ˈθælɪt, ˈfθæl-) /
a salt or ester of phthalic acid. Esters are commonly used as plasticizers in PVC; when ingested they can cause kidney and liver damage
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Scientific definitions for phthalate
[ thăl′āt′, fthăl′- ]
Any of a group of esters of phthalic acid, widely used in manufacturing plastics and as a synthetic additive in perfumes and cosmetics, that have been linked to reproductive and hormonal abnormalities in humans and other animals.
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