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Acting or tending to retard. Often used in combination: flame-retardant pajamas for children; a fire-retardant security chest.
A substance that retards a process, as a flame retardant.


(Chemistry) a substance that reduces the rate of a chemical reaction
having a slowing effect


(rɪˈtɑr dnt)

1. any substance capable of reducing the speed of a chemical reaction.
2. retarding or tending to retard (usu. used in combination): fire-retardant material.
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Noun1.retardant - any agent that retards or delays or hinders; "flame-retardant"
agent - an active and efficient cause; capable of producing a certain effect; "their research uncovered new disease agents"


n (Chem) → Verzögerungsmittel nt
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Further, natural dangers identified with halogenated fire retardants have constrained governments over the globe to actualize strict laws and controls to demoralize their use.
The goal of this acquisition is to allow Huber to integrate the Satire technology within its existing portfolio of halogen-free flame retardants and smoke suppressants and to develop a line of commercial products.
The study suggests more than two million tonnes of flame retardants were consumed in 2013, owing to the increased demand for plastics in the construction, automotive and electronics industries.
Intumescent flame retardants are widely used in thermoplastic polyester elastomers; however, they are incompatible with polyesters, resulting in poor scratch resistance and scratch-whitening.
Washington, November 29( ANI ): Many home couches contain potentially toxic flame retardants, scientists have revealed.
Twenty-six international academics and researchers contribute ten chapters reporting research on flame retardants and their functions, properties and safety.
Although many kinds of fire retardants for wood and wood-based composites have been studied, the focus is still mainly on compounds or mixtures containing phosphorus, nitrogen, and boron, which can be used in a water solution for solid wood impregnation.
Phosphate fame retardants for flexible and rigid PUR: tris(beta-chloroethyl) phosphate and tris(beta-chloropropyl) phosphate.
The greatest growth by volume will be for bromine-based, phosphorus-based and melamine-based flame retardants, due to growth rates in plastics and wood/paper applications.
I am pleased to submit this letter as a representative of the American Chemistry Council Brominated Flame Retardants Industry Panel (BFRIP).
This August, at a meeting of Environmental Protection Agency scientists who are studying emerging pollutants, one family of chemicals unexpectedly stole the show: brominated flame retardants.
5) Environmental Working Group, News Release, "Toxic Fire Retardants Found in Women's Breast Milk," Sept.