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adjective Chemistry.
  1. pertaining to or derived from a vinyl polymer.
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Origin of polyvinyl

First recorded in 1930–35; poly- + vinyl
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Historical Examples

  • Paraffin and polyvinyl resin are often used for scion covering and to protect newly set buds.

    Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Forty-Second Annual Meeting

    Northern Nut Growers Association

British Dictionary definitions for polyvinyl


  1. (modifier) designating a plastic or resin formed by polymerization of a vinyl derivative
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Word Origin and History for polyvinyl


1930, polymer of vinyl chloride. In chemistry, vinyl was used from 1863 as the name of a univalent radical derived from ethylene, from Latin vinum "wine" (see wine (n.)), because ethyl alcohol is the ordinary alcohol present in wine.

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polyvinyl in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, or characterizing a polymerized thermoplastic vinyl, such as polyvinyl chloride.
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