petrochemical
noun Date: 1942 a chemical isolated or derived from petroleum or natural gas • petrochemistry noun

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  • petrochemical — UK US /ˌpetrəˈkemɪkəl/ noun [C] NATURAL RESOURCES, PRODUCTION ► one of the chemical substances obtained from oil or natural gas: »Less than a third of the raw materials used by the group are petrochemicals. ● petrochemicals Cf. petrochemicals ●… …   Financial and business terms

  • petrochemical — (n.) 1913, formed in English from Gk. petro , comb. form of petra rock + CHEMICAL (Cf. chemical) …   Etymology dictionary

  • petrochemical — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to the chemical properties and processing of petroleum and natural gas. 2) relating to the chemistry of rocks. ► NOUN ▪ a chemical obtained from petroleum and natural gas. ORIGIN sense 1 from PETROLEUM(Cf. ↑petroleum);… …   English terms dictionary

  • petrochemical — [pe΄trō kem′i kəl] n. [ PETRO(LEUM) + CHEMICAL] a chemical derived ultimately from petroleum or natural gas, as an aliphatic or aromatic hydrocarbon petrochemistry [pe΄trō kem′is trē] n …   English World dictionary

  • petrochemical — /pe troh kem i keuhl/, n. 1. a chemical substance obtained from petroleum or natural gas, as gasoline, kerosene, or petrolatum. adj. 2. of or pertaining to petrochemistry or a petrochemical. [1910 15; PETRO 2 + CHEMICAL] * * * Strictly, any of a… …   Universalium

  • Petrochemical — Petrochemicals are chemical products made from raw materials of petroleum or other hydrocarbon origin. Although some of the chemical compounds that originate from petroleum may also be derived from World production of ethylene is around 110… …   Wikipedia

  • petrochemical — UK [ˌpetrəʊˈkemɪk(ə)l] / US [ˌpetroʊˈkemɪk(ə)l] noun [countable] Word forms petrochemical : singular petrochemical plural petrochemicals chemistry a chemical made from petroleum or natural gas …   English dictionary

  • petrochemical — noun Petrochemical is used before these nouns: ↑plant …   Collocations dictionary

  • petrochemical — pet|ro|chem|i|cal [ˌpetrəuˈkemıkəl US trou ] n any chemical substance obtained from ↑petroleum or natural gas ▪ the petrochemical industry …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • petrochemical — noun (C) a chemical substance obtained from petroleum or natural gas: the petrochemical industry …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • petrochemical — pet•ro•chem•i•cal [[t]ˌpɛ troʊˈkɛm ɪ kəl[/t]] n. 1) chem. a chemical substance obtained from petroleum or natural gas, as gasoline, kerosene, or petrolatum 2) chem. of or pertaining to petrochemistry or a petrochemical …   From formal English to slang

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