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Last updated: June 15, 2017

What Does Silicone Mean?

Silicone is a polymer that contains repeating chains of the elements silicon and oxygen. These polymers consist of synthetic compounds inert in nature such as siloxanes, which are made up of atoms of silicon and oxygen with carbon and hydrogen.

Silicone is also known as polysiloxane.


Corrosionpedia Explains Silicone

Silicone is very good at resisting heat and therefore is used in applications where high temperatures are involved. Products made from silicone include sealants, lubricants, defoaming agents, cooking utensils, and thermal and electrical insulation.

The element silicon is found as a tetravalent metalloid and has a hard crystalline bluish grey color. Silicon is found in the earth’s crust in abundance in the form of sand, dust, silicon dioxide and silica. More than 90% of the earth’s crust is made up of silicate materials, which makes silicon the second most abundant element on Earth after oxygen.


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