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Definition of "terephthalate" [ter•eph•tha•late]

  • Any salt or ester of terephthalic acid (noun) : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "terephthalate" in a sentence
  • "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."
  • "Higher resin costs are pushing up the price of polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, the plastic used in a variety of consumer products such as soda bottles and clothing."
  • "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."