foamed plastic, plastic foam
1. A plastic expanded chemically, mechanically, or thermally, to form a lightweight closed-cell structure; used as thermal insulation. Also see chemically foamed plastic.
2. A resin in a sponge form, either flexible or rigid, with cells that are either closed or interconnected.
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