Silicon vs Neoprene - What's the difference?

silicon | neoprene |


As nouns the difference between silicon and neoprene

is that silicon is silicone while neoprene is a synthetic rubber, a polymer of chloroprene, commonly used in wetsuits, laptop sleeves, orthopedic braces, electrical insulation, liquid and sheet-applied elastomeric membranes and flashings, car fan belts, etc.

silicon

Etymology 1

From the stem of (etyl) .

Noun

(-)
  • (chemistry) A nonmetallic element (symbol Si) with an atomic number of 14 and atomic weight of 28.0855.
  • Usage notes

    Do not confuse silicon' with ' silicone .

    Synonyms

    * silicium (obsolete), silicum (obsolete)

    Derived terms

    * Cwm Silicon * ekasilicon * ferrosilicon * float-zone silicon * lithium-drifted silicon detector * silico- * * * * silicon alkoxide * Silicon Alley * silicon-based * silicon carbide * silicon chip * silicon controlled rectifier * silicon dioxide * silicon ester * Silicon Fen * Silicon Forest * silicon germanide * silicon germanium * Silicon Glen * Silicon Hills * silicon hydride * silicon iron * siliconise, siliconize * silicon oxide * silicon photonics * Silicon Prairie * Silicon Sentier * silicon steel * silicon tetrachloride * silicon tetrafluoride * Silicon Valley * Silicon Wadi * silicon wafer * strained silicon

    See also

    * agate * amethyst * asbestos * clay * feldspar * flint * glass * granite * hornblende * jasper * mica * opal * quartz * rock crystal * sand

    Etymology 2

    From the silicon chips used in computers

    Noun

    (-)
  • (slang) computing
  • (slang) computer processor
  • neoprene

    Noun

  • A synthetic rubber, a polymer of chloroprene, commonly used in wetsuits, laptop sleeves, orthopedic braces, electrical insulation, liquid and sheet-applied elastomeric membranes and flashings, car fan belts, etc.
  • Synonyms

    * polychloroprene