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Glossary

  • Bioaccumulation

    When an organism absorbs a chemical substance at a greater rate than by which it is eliminated.

  • Cyclomethicone

    Cosmetic ingredient based on a mixture of siloxanes.

  • Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane

    The long name for siloxane D5.

  • Degradation

    The breakdown processes of a chemical substance in the environment.

  • Dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane

    The long name for siloxane D6.

  • Hydrolysis

    Degradation of a substance through reaction with water.

  • Intermediate

    A chemical substance that occurs temporarily during the manufacturing of a material.

  • PBT

    Persistent, bioaccumulating and toxic substance.

  • Persistence

    Resistance to environmental degradation.

  • Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane

    The long name for siloxane D4.

  • Volatile

    Readily evaporates into the air.

  • Cyclotetrasiloxane
    Long name for D4 when used as an ingredient in some personal care products.
  • Cyclopentasiloxane
    Long name for D5 when used as an ingredient in some personal care or dry-cleaning products.
  • Cyclohexasiloxane
    Long name for D6 when used as an ingredient in some personal care products.
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