Definition of ethylene oxide in English:

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ethylene oxide

noun

Chemistry
A flammable toxic gas used as an intermediate and fumigant.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: eth·yl·ene ox·ide

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