Plastic: from the Greek plastikos’ meaning ‘Moldable’

Plastic: Has it’s roots in the Greek word ‘plastikos’ meaning moldable, from there it became ‘plasticus’ in Latin. It is common for English words to resemble Latin words with the suffix ‘us’ removed.

Originally it was only used as a verb, but now it is also used as a noun thanks to Leo Baekeland (of Bakelite fame), who used it to apply to a new material he invented when trying to find a new way of coating billiard balls.

The word Plasma (as in the plasma of the blood) has its rooting in the same word as it was described as ‘remedying a deficiency of structure’ and seemed to be able to change that which it affected.


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