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epoxide




A compound that has a three-membered ring including oxygen in its molecular make-up. A example is the gas epoxyethane (ethylene oxide, C2H4O), which may be regarded as a cyclic ether. Polymerization of oxides with phenols produces epoxy resins, which are used as adhesives and electrical insulators.


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