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.
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Origin of acrylic fiber
First recorded in 1950–55
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Science definitions for acrylic fiber
Any of numerous synthetic fibers polymerized from acrylonitrile.
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