Phthalate Definition

thălāt, fthăl-, thālāt, fthā-
phthalates
noun
A salt of phthalic acid containing the divalent, negative radical C6H4(COO)2
Webster's New World
An uncharged ester of this acid.
Webster's New World
Any of a group of esters of phthalic acid that are widely used in the manufacture of plastics and as synthetic additives in perfumes and cosmetics. These chemicals have been linked to reproductive and hormonal abnormalities in animals, including humans.
American Heritage Medicine
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Other Word Forms of Phthalate

Noun

Singular:
phthalate
Plural:
phthalates

Origin of Phthalate

  • phthal(ic acid) –ate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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