- 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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- polyvinyl chloride; a synthetic thermoplastic material made by polymerizing vinyl chloride. The properties depend on the added plasticizer. The flexible forms are used in hosepipes, insulation, shoes, garments, etc. Rigid PVC is used for moulded articles
- the full name of PVC
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Word Origin and History for pvc
also P.V.C., initialism from polyvinyl chloride (1933); see polyvinyl.
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- polyvinyl chloride
- premature ventricular contraction
- A common thermoplastic vinyl that is used in a variety of manufactured products.
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- See polyvinyl chloride.
- 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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