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A material used to minimize the transmission of electricity, sound, or heat. Insulation can be made from a wide variety of materials such as plastic, rubber, paper, wood, cork, fur, mineral fibers, and metal foil.

Synonyms and Related Terms

insulating material (AAT preferred); insulator; isolant (Fr.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • Pam Hatchfield, Pollutants in the Museum Environment, Archetype Press, London, 2002

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