"Plastics" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus,
MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure,
which enables searching at various levels of specificity.
Polymeric materials (usually organic) of large molecular weight which can be shaped by flow. Plastic usually refers to the final product with fillers, plasticizers, pigments, and stabilizers included (versus the resin, the homogeneous polymeric starting material). (McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 4th ed)
Below are MeSH descriptors whose meaning is more general than "Plastics".
Below are MeSH descriptors whose meaning is more specific than "Plastics".
This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Plastics" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Plastics" was a major or minor topic of these publication.