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, "Liquid-in-liquid printing method could put 3D-printed organs in reach," 1 Nov. 2019 Solutions of synthetic polymers, such as polyvinyl acetate, in acetone or ethanol, are used for this purpose. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian, "How to Discover Dinosaurs," 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, "The 4 Biggest Painting Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)," 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, "Synthetic Materials Can Replace Cartilage in Your Aching Joints," 16 Sep. 2018 Another section is still run by DuPont to make polyvinyl fluoride resins. Ken Otterbourg, Fortune, "Teflon’s River of Fear," 24 May 2018 That plant employs about 100 people and produces polyvinyl alcohol for paper, textiles and other uses. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Worker files $1 million lawsuit against Pasadena industrial plant after fiery explosion," 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, "The Dome inches closer to re-opening as repairs get underway," 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, "Ford settles lawsuit with state for pollution at Livonia Transmission," 24 July 2017

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First Known Use of polyvinyl

1927, in the meaning defined above

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“Polyvinyl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polyvinyl. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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