Pronunciation: (stī'rēn, stēr'ēn), [key]
n. Chem.
a colorless, water-insoluble liquid, C8H8, having a penetrating aromatic odor, usually prepared from ethylene and benzene or ethylbenzene, that polymerizes to a clear transparent material and copolymerizes with other materials to form synthetic rubbers. Also called cinnamene, phenylethylene, vinylbenzene. Cf. polystyrene.

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styracaceousstyrene resin
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