Adjective "ethylene" definition and examples

(Ethylene may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A flammable hydrocarbon gas of the alkene series, occurring in natural gas, coal gas, and crude oil and given off by ripening fruit. It is used in chemical synthesis, especially in the manufacture of polythene.
  1. 'It may be less well known that ethylene is also produced naturally by bacteria and fungi.'
  2. 'It has been demonstrated that ethylene is involved in this response.'
  3. 'These observations confirm the importance of ethylene in initiating fruit ripening.'

More definitions

1. containing the ethylene group. noun

2. Also called ethene, olefiant gas. a colorless, flammable gas, C 2 H 4 , having a sweet, unpleasant odor and taste, the first member of the ethylene series, usually obtained from petroleum and natural gas: used as an agent to improve the color of citrus fruits, in the synthesis of polyethylene, ethylene dibromide, ethylene oxide, and other organic compounds, and in medicine chiefly as an inhalation anesthetic.

More examples(as adjective)

"margins can be ethylene."