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A vinyl polymer made from ethylene. It can be branched or linear. Branched or low-density polyethylene is tough and pliable but not to the same degree as linear polyethylene. Linear or high-density polyethylene has a greater hardness and tensile strength. Polyethylene is used in a variety of products, including implants and prostheses.

Year introduced: 2000

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Tree Number(s): D02.455.326.271.665.550.500, D05.750.716.507.500, D25.720.716.507.500, J01.637.051.720.716.507.500

MeSH Unique ID: D020959

Registry Number: 9002-88-4

Entry Terms:

  • Polythene
  • High-Density Polyethylene
  • High Density Polyethylene
  • Polyethylene, High-Density
  • HDPE
  • Low-Density Polyethylene
  • Low Density Polyethylene
  • Polyethylene, Low-Density
  • LDPE

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