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polyacrylic acid

[ pol-ee-uh-kril-ik, pol- ]

noun

, Chemistry.
  1. a polymer of acrylic acid used as a sizing agent in the manufacture of nylon and other synthetic textiles.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of polyacrylic acid1

First recorded in 1925–30; poly- + acrylic

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polyacrylamidepolyacrylonitrile