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Bakelite Line breaks: Bake|lite
Pronunciation: /ˈbeɪk(ə)lʌɪt/

Definition of Bakelite in English:


[mass noun] trademark
An early form of brittle plastic, typically dark brown, made from formaldehyde and phenol, used chiefly for electrical equipment: [as modifier]: an old Bakelite telephone
More example sentences
  • 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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