Curing agent

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A substance that initiates or accelerates the curing process. For polymers, curing agents include oxidizers, catalysts, heat, oxygen, and ultraviolet light. For food processing, curing agents include time, heat, smoke, and salt.

Synonyms and Related Terms

hardener; catalyst; reactor; agente de curado (Esp.); agent de durcissement (Fr.); indurente (It.); catalizzatore (It.); agente de cura (Port.)

Resources and Citations

  • Theodore J. Reinhart, 'Glossary of Terms', Engineered Plastics, ASM International, 1988