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isoprene Syllabification: i·so·prene
Pronunciation: /ˈīsəˌprēn/

Definition of isoprene in English:

noun

Chemistry
A volatile liquid hydrocarbon obtained from petroleum, whose molecule forms the basic structural unit of natural and synthetic rubbers.
  • Chemical formula: CH2C(CH3)CHCH2
Example sentences
  • He attempted to polymerize isoprene, which was known to be a component of rubber.
  • Organolithium-initiated polymerization of isoprene was discovered in 1957.
  • Larger terpenes are uncommon, with the exception of polymeric isoprene, well known as rubber.

Origin

Mid 19th century: apparently from iso- 'equal' + pr(opyl)ene.

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