polyethylene etymology

English word polyethylene comes from English ethylene, English poly- (Many. Polymer.)

Detailed word origin of polyethylene

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
ethylene English (eng) (organic chemistry) The divalent radical derived from ethane.. (organic compound) 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 C2H4.
poly- English (eng) Many. Polymer.
polyethylene English (eng) (organic compound) A polymer consisting of many ethylene monomers bonded together; used for kitchenware, containers etc.

Words with the same origin as polyethylene

Descendants of ethylene
ETFE PTFE TFE XL-ETFE ePTFE ethylenic ethylenically melene methene nonylene quartene tetrylene
Descendants of poly-
polyamorous polyamory polyangular polycarbonate polycarpic polydeism polydiverse polyembryo polyester polyfoam polygamous polyglandular polygraph polyketide polymer polyneuritis polyphonic polyphony polypropylene polystyrene polysulfone resin polyurethane polyvinyl styrofoam