Definitions for bakeliteˈbeɪ kəˌlaɪt, ˈbeɪk laɪt
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Ba•ke•lite*ˈbeɪ kəˌlaɪt, ˈbeɪk laɪt
a brand name for any of a series of phenolic resins and plastics used as electrical insulators.
a thermosetting plastic used as electric insulators and for making plastic ware and telephone receivers etc.
A heat-resisting chemically inert phenol formaldehyde resin (an early thermosetting plastic).
Origin: Patented July 1907 by its inventor, Leo Hendrik Baekeland.
Bakelite, or polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride, is an early plastic. It is a thermosetting phenol formaldehyde resin, formed from an elimination reaction of phenol with formaldehyde. It was developed by Belgian-born chemist Leo Baekeland in New York in 1907. One of the first plastics made from synthetic components, Bakelite was used for its electrical nonconductivity and heat-resistant properties in electrical insulators, radio and telephone casings, and such diverse products as kitchenware, jewelry, pipe stems, and children's toys. Bakelite was designated a National Historic Chemical Landmark in 1993 by the American Chemical Society in recognition of its significance as the world's first synthetic plastic. The "retro" appeal of old Bakelite products has made them collectible.
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