polyvinyl acetate


variants or less commonly polyvinylacetate
: a synthetic polymer that has the chemical structure H(CH2CHOOCCH3)nH and that is used especially in adhesives, coatings for paper and textiles, and in the production of polyvinyl alcohol
With a sponge brush apply a thin coat of polyvinyl acetate glue to the front of each heart and sprinkle with glitter …Kathie Sutin
He said the fossil was coated in a thin layer of polyvinyl acetate, or liquid plastic, to solidify it during excavation.Maggie Brown

called also PVA

Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of polyvinyl acetate was in 1927

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“Polyvinyl acetate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polyvinyl%20acetate. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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