Meaning of “ethylene” in the English Dictionary

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"ethylene" in British English

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ethylenenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈeθ.əl.iːn/ us /ˈeθ.ə.liːn/ specialized

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  • Again, if, by addition to an unsaturated compound like ethylene, a saturated compound is formed, the kind of union between the carbon atoms is changed, and the possibility of revolution of the two parts of the compound is given. 
  • Thus, suppose that chlorine is added to ethylene. 

(Definition of “ethylene” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ethylene" in American English

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ethylenenoun [ U ]

/ˈeθ·əˌlin/ also ethene, us /ˈeθ·in/

chemistry a colorless gas with a slightly sweet smell that burns easily and is often used in industry

(Definition of “ethylene” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"ethylene" in Business English

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ethylenenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈeθɪliːn/ us

NATURAL RESOURCES a colourless gas with a slightly sweet smell that burns easily, used in industry:

ethylene gas/glycol
ethylene production

(Definition of “ethylene” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)