Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A polymerized ethylene resin, used especially for containers, kitchenware, and tubing, or in the form of films and sheets for packaging.

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  • n. A polymer consisting of many ethylene monomers bonded together; used for kitchenware, containers etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a lightweight thermoplastic; used especially in packaging and insulation

Etymologies

poly- +‎ ethylene (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Until now, however, there has been one major drawback -- they are traditionally made with a high percentage of virgin polyethylene plastic resin.

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  • I've got PhpBB 3.0.5 installed with a forum theme called polyethylene which I got it from here.

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  • Mr. Gott is currently experimenting with PET bottles aka polyethylene terephthalate, a recycled plastic used for cheap wines in Europe but says it's been a challenge: It's hard to make the PET bottle look large enough.

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  • The shape of the windpipe—or trachea—was molded, using a computer scan of the patient's own trachea, from a porous medical plastic called polyethylene glycol, then infused with cells from the patient in a bioreactor.

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  • The basic materials are paper, aluminum, and a plastic called polyethylene, or LDPE.

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  • The mayor - and the journalists who dutifully conveyed his fears to the public - seemed oblivious to the fact that plastic bottles do not contain phthalates; they are, instead, made with a polyester called polyethylene terephthalate, which is something quite different even though it seems to sound similar.

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  • Most plastic bags are made from polyethylene, which is made from crude oil and natural gas, nonrenewable resources.

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  • The second refinement is a product called polyethylene glycol PEG interferon, which is given to the patient once a week.

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  • Prosecutors said he conspired with other employees to sell confidential information about the company's production of a polymer called chlorinated polyethylene, which is used in automotive hoses, vinyl siding and other products.

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  • Lohmann and Muir recommend that the proposed marine pollutant monitoring program use a simple and inexpensive technology called polyethylene passive samplers to assess concentrations of banned chemicals in the world's oceans.

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