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polyvinyl chloride

noun

, Chemistry.
  1. a white, water-insoluble, thermoplastic resin, derived by the polymerization of vinyl chloride: used chiefly for thin coatings, insulation, and pipings.


polyvinyl chloride

noun

  1. See PVC
    the full name of PVC


polyvinyl chloride

/ pŏl′ē-vīnəl /

  1. A synthetic resin, composed of repeating units of vinyl chloride (C 2 H 3 Cl). 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of polyvinyl chloride1

First recorded in 1930–35

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Example Sentences

The tiny beads can be made of polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, polyvinyl chloride, and other plastics.

In recent weeks, the price of polyvinyl chloride, a chemical used to make plastic, has surged 70 percent.

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