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[pol-ee-vahyn-l] /ˌpɒl iˈvaɪn l/
adjective, Chemistry.
pertaining to or derived from a vinyl polymer.
Origin of polyvinyl
First recorded in 1930-35; poly- + vinyl Unabridged
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/ˌpɒlɪˈvaɪnɪl; -ˈvaɪnəl/
(modifier) designating a plastic or resin formed by polymerization of a vinyl derivative
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Word Origin and History for polyvinyl

1930, polymer of vinyl chloride. In chemistry, vinyl was used from 1863 as the name of a univalent radical derived from ethylene, from Latin vinum "wine" (see wine (n.)), because ethyl alcohol is the ordinary alcohol present in wine.

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polyvinyl in Medicine

polyvinyl pol·y·vi·nyl (pŏl'ē-vī'nəl)
Of, relating to, or characterizing a polymerized thermoplastic vinyl, such as polyvinyl chloride.

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