thermoplastic(redirected from hot-water plastics)
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A classification for materials that can be made soft by the application of heat and harden on cooling.
Etymology: Gk, thermē, heat + plassein, to mold
softening under heat and capable of being molded into shape with pressure, then hardening on cooling without undergoing chemical change.
Classification for materials that can be softened by application of heat and hardened on cooling.