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  1. polyvinyl chloride.

polyvinyl chloride

noun Chemistry.
  1. 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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abbreviation for
  1. 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

polyvinyl chloride

  1. 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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pvc in Medicine


  1. polyvinyl chloride
  2. premature ventricular contraction

polyvinyl chloride

  1. A common thermoplastic vinyl that is used in a variety of manufactured products.
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pvc in Science


  1. See polyvinyl chloride.

polyvinyl chloride

  1. 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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