petrochemical [pe-troh-kem-i-kuh l] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun a chemical substance obtained from petroleum or natural gas, as gasoline, kerosene, or petrolatum. adjective of or relating to petrochemistry or a petrochemical.

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  • Origin of petrochemical First recorded in 1910–15; petro-2 + chemical Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for petrochemical Contemporary Examples of petrochemical

  • Of course, those spheres also encase it in a petrochemical prison.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for petrochemical petrochemical noun any substance, such as acetone or ethanol, obtained from petroleum or natural gas adjective of, concerned with, or obtained from petrochemicals or related to petrochemistry Derived Formspetrochemically, adverb Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for petrochemical adj.

    1913, from petro- (1) + chemical (adj.). As a noun from 1942.

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper petrochemical in Science petrochemical [pĕt′rō-kĕm′ĭ-kəl] Any of a large number of chemicals made from petroleum or natural gas. Important petrochemicals include benzene, ammonia, acetylene, and polystyrene. Petrochemicals are used to produce a wide variety of materials, such as plastics, explosives, fertilizers, and synthetic fibers. The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. petrochemical in Culture petrochemical [(pet-roh-kem-i-kuhl)]

    Any material made from substances found in oil or natural gas. Most plastics are petrochemicals.

    The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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