Definition of ethylene oxide in English:

ethylene oxide

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[mass noun] Chemistry
  • A flammable toxic gas used as an intermediate and fumigant.
    • An epoxide; chemical formula: (CH2)2O
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    • The process produces such key industrial chemicals as ethylene oxide, the simplest epoxide.
    • For example, ethylene gas can be treated with oxygen to form ethylene oxide.
    • An environmental pollutant and known mutagen and carcinogen in experimental animals and in humans, ethylene oxide is a widely used industrial chemical and sterilant of medical equipment.

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