(plural synthetic fibers)
- Semisynthetics involve taking a natural fiber that is produced by plants and animals and improving upon it or changing it to make the naturally occurring fibers stronger and better.
- True synthetics are also formed in a number of different ways through a number of different processes.
- Nylon, which actually refers to a class of different polymers that are referred to under the scientific term polyamides, were the very synthetic fibers to achieve widespread use in the US.
- An example of a synthetic fiber is Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) polymer, a true synthetic, which is produced from ethylene glycol and either dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) or terephthalic acid (TPA).
- Examples of synthetic fibers are viscose rayon, acrylic and polyester.
The definition of a synthetic fiber is a "man-made" fiber.