Definition of polyethylene oxide in English:

polyethylene oxide


  • Any polymer in which the repeating unit is the group —OCH₂ CH₂ —; especially any of a class of thermoplastics of high molecular weight made from ethylene oxide or ethylene glycol (usually by copolymerization of both) and used especially as water-soluble films.


1930s; earliest use found in Chemical Abstracts.