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Similar term(s): plasticizer.
A plasticiser is a substance which when added to a material, usually a
plastic, produces a product which is flexible, resilient and easier to handle.
Source: Plasticisers Information Centre Frequently Asked
Plasticisers are man-made organic chemicals, such as phthalates. They are
major additives that determine the physical properties of polymer products.
There are more than 300 different types of plasticisers.