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[pol-ee-stahy-reen, -steer-een] /ˌpɒl iˈstaɪ rin, -ˈstɪər in/

noun, Chemistry.
a clear plastic or stiff foam, a polymer of , used chiefly as an insulator in refrigerators and air conditioners.
a synthetic thermoplastic material obtained by polymerizing styrene; used as a white rigid foam (expanded polystyrene) for insulating and packing and as a glasslike material in light fittings and water tanks

1922, so called because it is a polymer of styrene.
A brittle synthetic polymer composed of repeated styrene units. Polystyrene is transparent and rigid because the benzene rings in each styrene unit prevent the polystyrene chains from arranging themselves into a tight crystalline structure. Polystyrene has a wide variety of uses, especially as a solid foam for insulation and packaging.


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  • Polysyllabic

    [pol-ee-si-lab-ik] /ˌpɒl i sɪˈlæb ɪk/ adjective 1. consisting of several, especially four or more, syllables, as a word. 2. characterized by such words, as a language, piece of writing, etc. /ˌpɒlɪsɪˈlæbɪk/ adjective 1. consisting of more than two syllables adj. 1650s (implied in polysyllabical), from Medieval Latin polysyllabicus, from Greek polysyllabikos; see poly- + syllabic.

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