acrylic fiber


noun Chemistry.

any of the group of synthetic textile fibers, as Orlon, made by the polymerization of acrylonitrile as the principal component with one or more other monomers.

Nearby words

  1. acrylamide,
  2. acrylate,
  3. acrylic,
  4. acrylic acid,
  5. acrylic ester,
  6. acrylic fibre,
  7. acrylic resin,
  8. acrylonitrile,
  9. acrylyl,
  10. acrylyl group

Origin of acrylic fiber

First recorded in 1950–55

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Science definitions for acrylic fiber

acrylic fiber

Any of numerous synthetic fibers polymerized from acrylonitrile.
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