poly·​vi·​nyl | \ ˌpä-lē-ˈvī-nᵊl How to pronounce polyvinyl (audio) \

Definition of polyvinyl

: of, relating to, or being a polymerized vinyl compound, resin, or plastic often used in combination

Examples of polyvinyl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once printing is finished, the shapes are set by adding polyvinyl alcohol to the inky portion of the structure. Ian Randall, Science | AAAS, 1 Nov. 2019 Solutions of synthetic polymers, such as polyvinyl acetate, in acetone or ethanol, are used for this purpose. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian, 3 Sep. 2019 For bare drywall, use a PVA (polyvinyl acetate) paint, seal over stains and hide colors with a high-hiding primer sealer, and for painting bare steel make sure to get paint with anodic zinc protection to inhibit rust. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 16 Jan. 2019 An article in Advanced Materials summarizing lab findings earlier this year described a blend of polyvinyl alcohol and strong fibers made from the same material as bulletproof vests. Laura Johannes, WSJ, 16 Sep. 2018 Another section is still run by DuPont to make polyvinyl fluoride resins. Ken Otterbourg, Fortune, 24 May 2018 That plant employs about 100 people and produces polyvinyl alcohol for paper, textiles and other uses. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, 20 May 2018 Late Saturday morning, sections of The Dome's polyvinyl fabric rose like rolling hills of dirty snow. Jerzy Shedlock, Alaska Dispatch News, 17 Sep. 2017 Vinyl chloride is used to make a polymer called polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, and is used to make a variety of plastic products including pipes, wire and cable coatings, and packaging materials. Brent Snavely, Detroit Free Press, 24 July 2017

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First Known Use of polyvinyl

1927, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of polyvinyl was in 1927

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“Polyvinyl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polyvinyl. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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poly·​vi·​nyl | \ -ˈvīn-ᵊl How to pronounce polyvinyl (audio) \

Medical Definition of polyvinyl

: of, relating to, or being a polymerized vinyl compound, resin, or plastic


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