Definition of styrene in English:


Line breaks: styr|ene
Pronunciation: /ˈstʌɪriːn


[mass noun] Chemistry
  • An unsaturated liquid hydrocarbon obtained as a petroleum by-product. It is easily polymerized and is used to make plastics and resins.
    • Chemical formula: C6H5CHCH2
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    • Industrially, benzene is used in the manufacture of nylon, phenol, styrene (and by polymerization polystyrene), and cyclohexane.
    • Some researchers believe that prepolymers - such as unsaturated polyester cross-linked with styrene or epoxies - achieve better results.
    • Polyamide resin, thermoplastic polyurethane, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, nylon, and styrene acrylonitrile materials are also available.


late 19th century: from styrax + -ene.

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