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  1. Chemistry. the vinyl group, the univalent group C3H3, derived from ethylene.
  2. any resin formed by polymerizing vinyl compounds, or any of a group of plastics made from such resins: This flooring is vinyl, although it looks like wood.
    1. phonograph records made of vinyl, considered collectively: I'd like to sell my collection of vinyl.
    2. vinyl as the material or medium for such records or recordings: songs recorded on vinyl.
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  1. Chemistry. containing the vinyl group.
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Origin of vinyl

1860–65; < Latin vīn(um) wine + -yl
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British Dictionary definitions for vinyl


  1. (modifier) of, consisting of, or containing the monovalent group of atoms CH 2 CH-a vinyl polymer; vinyl chloride
  2. (modifier) of, consisting of, or made of a vinyl resina vinyl raincoat
  3. any vinyl polymer, resin, or plastic, esp PVC
  4. (collectively) conventional records made of vinyl as opposed to compact discs
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Word Origin

C19: from vini- + -yl
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Word Origin and History for vinyl


plastic or synthetic resin, 1939, short for polyvinyl; not in widespread use until late 1950s. Slang meaning "phonograph record" (1976) replaced wax (n.) in that sense.

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vinyl in Medicine


  1. The univalent radical CH2-CH derived from ethylene.
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vinyl in Science


  1. The group C2H3, derived from ethylene.
  2. Any of various chemical compounds, typically highly reactive, that contain this group and are used in making plastics.
  3. Any of various plastics made of vinyl, typically tough, flexible, and shiny, often used in upholstery and clothing.
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