Definition of phthalate in English:

phthalate

noun

Chemistry
  • A salt or ester of phthalic acid.

    • ‘They do, however, acknowledge that phthalates commonly leach from PVC plastics.’
    • ‘The group also warns consumers about toys that pose toxic hazards and urges manufacturers to voluntarily disclose whether toys contain phthalates or polyvinyl chloride.’
    • ‘In contact with foods, especially hot, fatty foods, PVC can also leach chemicals such as adipates and phthalates, shown in mice to cause birth defects and damage to the liver and kidneys.’
    • ‘Some common chemicals found in nail salons are toluene, formaldehyde and a group of chemical compounds called phthalates.’
    • ‘Common plastic additives such as phthalates or metal salts can also thwart recycling efforts as can too high a ratio of colored bottles (such as Dasani's blue containers) to clear bottles.’

Pronunciation

phthalate

/ˈ(f)θaleɪt/