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butadiene Line breaks: bu¦ta|di¦ene
Pronunciation: /ˌbjuːtəˈdʌɪiːn/

Definition of butadiene in English:


[mass noun] Chemistry
A colourless gaseous hydrocarbon made by catalytic dehydrogenation of butane. It is used in the manufacture of synthetic rubber.
  • Chemical formula: CH2CHCHCH2
Example sentences
  • Diene elastomers have structures based on the molecules butadiene, isoprene, and/or their derivatives or copolymers.
  • Athletic shoes can contain several petrochemical polymers in their soles and uppers: butadiene, polyurethane, polyethylene, and nylon, to name a few.
  • Buna S was a copolymer of butadiene and styrene; Buna N used butadiene and acrylonitrile as copolymers.


Early 20th century: from butane + di-1 + -ene.

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