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polyvinyl chloride

noun, Chemistry.
a white, water-insoluble, thermoplastic resin, derived by the polymerization of vinyl chloride: used chiefly for thin coatings, insulation, and pipings.
Also called PVC.
Origin of polyvinyl chloride
First recorded in 1930-35 Unabridged
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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

polyvinyl chloride

the full name of PVC
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also P.V.C., initialism from polyvinyl chloride (1933); see polyvinyl.

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PVC in Medicine

PVC abbr.
polyvinyl chloride

polyvinyl chloride n.
Abbr. PVC
A common thermoplastic vinyl that is used in a variety of manufactured products.

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PVC in Science
See polyvinyl chloride.
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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