Definition of polyethylene terephthalate in English:

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polyethylene terephthalate

Pronunciation: /pälēˌeTHəlēn ˌterəfˈTHalāt/
(abbreviation PET)


A synthetic resin made by copolymerizing ethylene glycol and terephthalic acid, widely used to make polyester fibers.
Example sentences
  • The bottle is made of polyethylene terephthalate, a saturated thermoplastic polyester resin commonly used in commercial applications like plastic bottles.
  • Finally, at the bottom of the whole sheet, there is a rather ordinary drink bottle material, polyethylene terephthalate, serving as a flexible support.
  • Plastic bottles, typically made from natural high-density polyethylene or polyethylene terephthalate, increased their share of the milk category by two-tenths of a percentage point in 2001, to a new high of 26.9 percent.

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Syllabification: pol·y·eth·yl·ene ter·eph·thal·ate

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