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terephthalate

[ ter-ef-thal-eyt, -it, tuh-ref-thuh-leyt ]
/ ˌtɛr ɛfˈθæl eɪt, -ɪt, təˈrɛf θəˌleɪt /
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noun Chemistry.
a salt or ester of terephthalic acid.
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Origin of terephthalate

First recorded in 1865–70; terephthal(ic acid) + -ate2

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How to use terephthalate in a sentence

  • When squeezed to about a million times Earth’s atmospheric pressure and heated to thousands of degrees Celsius, polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, forms nanodiamonds, physicist Dominik Kraus and colleagues report September 2 in Science Advances.

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