Definition of polycarbonate in US English:



  • A synthetic resin in which the polymer units are linked through carbonate groups, including many molding materials and films.

    • ‘An array of choices exists for glazing, including glass, vinyl, fiberglass, polycarbonate, acrylic and polyethylene.’
    • ‘The polycarbonate trademarked as Lexan is used in ‘bulletproof’ glass and in astronaut's helmets.’
    • ‘Janos Hajito made his discovery by mixing fluorescent dyes with polycarbonate, a transparent polymer.’
    • ‘Clubb says the increases affected all of the plastics lines - polycarbonates, polyethylenes, polypropylenes, copolyesters, and acrylics.’
    • ‘Classes of polymers used in integrated optics include acrylates, polyimides, polycarbonates, and olefins.’