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flame retardant

A substance that is applied to fabric, wood, or other material in order to make it resistant to catching fire. Also called fire retardant.

flame′-re·tar′dant adj.
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1. (Building) (of a substance or material) having the effect of slowing down the spread of fire
2. (Furniture) (of a substance or material) having the effect of slowing down the spread of fire
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not subject to quick or easy burning esp. through chemical treatment: flame-retardant curtains.
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Adj.1.flame-retardant - resistant to catching fire
incombustible, noncombustible - not capable of igniting and burning
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UF Grade-related technologies are being considered for use in other Teijin products and technologies, for example, to develop flame-retardant PEN (polyethylene napthalate) film by applying advanced flame-retardant technologies.
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The disputed measure limits the use of some flame-retardants, an "anomaly that could compromise users' safety".
The plant specializes in flame-retardant plastics, which they manufacture using brine.
Polyflam flame-retardant concentrates include Polyflam RS 425C3 for 3:1 letdown in high-heat, high-impact PS to give UL 94V-0; and highly stable Polyflam RCP 770 for LDPE and HDPE film with letdown ratios from 10:1 to 4:1.
"RTP Company now offers decaBDE-free flame-retardant compounds in all major TPE resins ...
Tokyo, Japan, Nov 16, 2005 - (JCNN) - WinTech Polymer and Polyplastics co-developed the Duranex XFR Series new-generation flame-retardant PBT (polybutylene terephtharate) resin.
As expected, rubber workers who handle a powdered flame-retardant mix containing primarily the l0-bromine BDE-209 had concentrations of that chemical some 10 times as high as those in hospital cleaners or slaughterhouse workers.