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[thur-muh-plas-tik] /ˌθɜr məˈplæs tɪk/

soft and pliable when heated, as some , without any change of the inherent properties.
a of this type.
(of a material, esp a synthetic plastic or resin) becoming soft when heated and rehardening on cooling without appreciable change of properties Compare thermosetting
a synthetic plastic or resin, such as polystyrene, with these properties

1883, see thermo- + plastic. As a noun from 1929.
Of or relating to a compound that can be repeatedly made soft and hard through heating and cooling. Polyethylene and polystyrene are thermoplastic resins. Compare thermosetting.


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