- a white, water-insoluble, thermoplastic resin, derived by the polymerization of vinyl chloride: used chiefly for thin coatings, insulation, and pipings.
Origin of polyvinyl chloride
First recorded in 1930–35
Also called PVC.
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- the full name of PVC
- A common thermoplastic vinyl that is used in a variety of manufactured products.
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- A synthetic resin, composed of repeating units of vinyl chloride (C2H3Cl). Polyvinyl chloride is very versatile and is used in a wide variety of products, including rainwear, garden hoses, audio discs, and floor tiles.
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