Definition of styrene in English:

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styrene

Pronunciation: /ˈstīrēn/

noun

Chemistry
An unsaturated liquid hydrocarbon obtained as a petroleum byproduct. It is easily polymerized and is used to make plastics and resins.
  • Chemical formula: C6H5CH=CH2.
Example sentences
  • Industrially, benzene is used in the manufacture of nylon, phenol, styrene (and by polymerization polystyrene), and cyclohexane.
  • Some researchers believe that prepolymers - such as unsaturated polyester cross-linked with styrene or epoxies - achieve better results.
  • Polyamide resin, thermoplastic polyurethane, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, nylon, and styrene acrylonitrile materials are also available.

Origin

Late 19th century: from styrax + -ene.

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Syllabification: sty·rene

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