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Topic: PLASTICS

Date: 1900-2000
Origin: poly- + urethane type of chemical compound (19-21 centuries) (from Latin urea substance found in urine)

polyurethane

noun
     
pol‧y‧u‧re‧thane [uncountable]
HCP a plastic used to make paints and varnish
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