One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A colourless liquid made from acetylene and hydrochloric acid and polymerized to form neoprene.
- ‘Next is an insulated padding made of chloroprene rubber.’
- ‘In some of Kent's tubing, chloroprene and various flexible TPEs take the place of natural rubber.’
- ‘The product of the reaction was 2-chlorobutadiene, called chloroprene because of its similarity to isoprene.’
- ‘The Report states the listing is based on findings from laboratory animal studies of chloroprene in which cancer was observed in multiple organs of multiple species following long-term inhalation exposures.’
1930s: from chloro- + a shortened form of isoprene.
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