[ pol-uh-theen ]
/ ˈpɒl əˌθin /
noun Chemistry, British.
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Origin of polythene
First recorded in 1935–40; by shortening
Words nearby polythene
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British Dictionary definitions for polythene
/ (ˈpɒlɪˌθiːn) /
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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