Definition of Bakelite in English:


Syllabification: Ba·ke·lite
Pronunciation: /ˈbāk(ə)ˌlīt


  • An early form of brittle plastic, typically dark brown, made from formaldehyde and phenol, used chiefly for electrical equipment.
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    • The first synthetic polymer, called Bakelite (a polymer made from phenol and formaldehyde) was invented by Leo Baekeland in 1907.
    • The first synthetic polymer produced by a condensation reaction was Bakelite.
    • Also, items made of the wartime plastic-like Bakelite material had passed the underwater test of time in very good condition.


early 20th century: named after Leo H. Baekeland (1863–1944), the Belgian-born American chemist who invented it, + -ite1.

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