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eth·yl·ene

 (ĕth′ə-lēn′)
n.
A colorless flammable gas, C2H4, derived from natural gas and petroleum and also occurring as a natural plant hormone, used as a source of many organic compounds, in welding and cutting metals, to ripen citrus fruits, and as an anesthetic. Also called ethene.

eth′yl·e′nic (-ə-lē′nĭk, -lĕn′ĭk) adj.

ethylene

(ˈɛθɪˌliːn)
n
(Elements & Compounds) a colourless flammable gaseous alkene with a sweet odour, obtained from petroleum and natural gas and used in the manufacture of polythene and many other chemicals. Formula: CH2:CH2. Also called: ethene
ethylenic adj

eth•yl•ene

(ˈɛθ əˌlin)
n.
a colorless, flammable gas, C2H4, used as an agent in the synthesis of organic compounds, in enhancing the color of citrus fruits, and in medicine chiefly as an inhalation anesthetic.
[1850–55]
eth`yl•e′nic (-ˈli nɪk, -ˈlɛn ɪk) adj.

eth·yl·ene

(ĕth′ə-lēn′)
A colorless, flammable gas, C2H4, obtained from petroleum and natural gas. It is used as a fuel, in making plastics, and in ripening and coloring fruits. Also called ethene.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ethylene - a flammable colorless gaseous alkene; obtained from petroleum and natural gas and used in manufacturing many other chemicals; sometimes used as an anesthetic
alkene, olefin, olefine - any unsaturated aliphatic hydrocarbon
TCE, trichloroethane, trichloroethylene - a heavy colorless highly toxic liquid used as a solvent to clean electronic components and for dry cleaning and as a fumigant; causes cancer and liver and lung damage
gas - a fluid in the gaseous state having neither independent shape nor volume and being able to expand indefinitely
Translations
etenetylen

ethylene

[ˈeθɪliːn] Netileno m

ethylene

nÄthylen nt

ethylene

[ˈɛθɪliːn] netilene m

eth·yl·ene

n. etileno, anestésico.
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In Dow's ethylene/styrene copolymer, for example, ethylene units can attach in any order either to other ethylenes or to styrene monomer units, while styrene units are "hindered," meaning they can only link tail-to-tail to another styrene.
A new palette of ethylene copolymers made by a patented "constrained-geometry" metallocene catalyst system is being produced in developmental quantities by Dow Plastics in Freeport, Texas.
On May 15, 1998, the company expanded with the contribution of the ethylene, propylene, and ethylene oxide and derivatives businesses of Occidental Chemical.