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synthetic products petroleum

Acrylic, group of versatile and durable synthetic products manufactured from petroleum as fibers, plastics, and resins for use in fabrics, glass substitutes, and protective paints. The molecules of a petroleum-based synthetic chemical or substance, acrylonitrile or acrylate, are polymerized (combined in a long, repetitive chain) to form acrylic. Orlon, Lucite, and Plexiglas are trademark names for some common acrylic products.

See also: Polymer; Polymerization.

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