What does ethylene mean?

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ˈɛθ əˌlineth·yl·ene

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ethylene, ethenenoun

    a flammable colorless gaseous alkene; obtained from petroleum and natural gas and used in manufacturing many other chemicals; sometimes used as an anesthetic


  1. ethylenenoun

    The common name for the organic chemical compound ethene. The simplest alkene, a colorless gaseous (at room temperature and pressure) hydrocarbon with the chemical formula CH.

  2. ethylenenoun

    The divalent radical derived from ethane.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ethylenenoun

    a colorless, gaseous hydrocarbon, C2H4, forming an important ingredient of illuminating gas, and also obtained by the action of concentrated sulphuric acid in alcohol. It is an unsaturated compound and combines directly with chlorine and bromine to form oily liquids (Dutch liquid), -- hence called olefiant gas. Called also ethene, elayl, and formerly, bicarbureted hydrogen

    Etymology: [From Ethyl.]


  1. Ethylene

    Ethylene is a hydrocarbon with the formula C2H4 or H2C=CH2. It is a colorless flammable gas with a faint "sweet and musky" odor when pure. It is the simplest alkene, and the simplest unsaturated hydrocarbon after acetylene. Ethylene is widely used in chemical industry, and its worldwide production exceeds that of any other organic compound. Ethylene is also an important natural plant hormone, used in agriculture to force the ripening of fruits.

Editors Contribution

  1. ethylene

    Is a type of hydrocarbon.

    Ethylene is widely used in the chemical industry and is also an important natural plant hormone, used in agriculture to encourage the ripening of fruits

    Submitted by anonymous on November 15, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ethylene in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ethylene in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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    This is the company's phase-one investment for a total of 2.5 million tonnes per year ethylene production facilities that will process fully U.S. ethane.

Images & Illustrations of ethylene

  1. ethyleneethyleneethyleneethyleneethylene

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