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polythene

[pol-uh-theen]
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noun Chemistry, British.
  1. polyethylene.
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Origin of polythene

First recorded in 1935–40; by shortening
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British Dictionary definitions for polythene

polythene

noun
  1. any one of various light thermoplastic materials made from ethylene with properties depending on the molecular weight of the polymer. The common forms are a waxy flexible plastic (low-density polythene) and a tougher rigid more crystalline form (high-density polythene). Polythene is used for packaging, moulded articles, pipes and tubing, insulation, textiles, and coatings on metalSystematic name: polyethene Also called: polyethylene
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