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ethylene

e thuh leen

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

  • In 1990 more than 100 Nigerian children died from a painkiller that had been made with toxic ethylene glycol instead of propylene glycol.
  • The causes of their demise ranged from heart attack to kidney failure, the latter possibly brought on by ethylene glycol, the main ingredient in antifreeze.
  • Causes of Explosions, which surgeons guard against during operations under ether or ethylene anesthesia, include sparks and intense heat from lighting, radiation, or motor .
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  • Dhirubhai Ambani in Press Trust of India
    It will also be one of the most competitive ethylene crackers in the world and with this complex, the ethylene capacity of Reliance will further double to 3.2 billion tonnes per year,Ambani said.
  • George Maxwell Richards in Trinidad & Tobago Express
    Richards said: "Investment decisions have been made or are soon likely to be made on a number of new projects, including at least one aluminium smelter, a new iron and steel complex, an ethane-based ethylene/polyethylene complex, a maleic anhydride...

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