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1. An olefinic hydrocarbon recovered from refinery processes or petrochemical processes.
Ethylene is used as a petrochemical feedstock for numerous chemical applications and the production of consumer goods.2. A gaseous hydrocarbon, produced in varying amounts by many plants, that functions as a plant hormone.
Ethylene has wide-ranging effects on plant growth and development, but it is known particularly to stimulate senescence (organic process of growing older) and fruit ripening.