polyvinyl chloride


Definition of polyvinyl chloride

: a polymer of vinyl chloride used especially for electrical insulation, films, and pipes abbreviation PVC

Examples of polyvinyl chloride in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to its abundance, Cohen points out that certain types of plastics like polyvinyl chloride (PVC) can contain toxic chemicals themselves. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Can medical care exist without plastic?," 4 Oct. 2019 Gloves: Medical gloves are disposable and usually made of natural rubber latex, polyvinyl chloride, nitrile or polyurethane. USA Today, "PPE: Types of personal protective equipment used to combat COVID-19," 31 Mar. 2020 Today, almost all products sold as vegan leather are made of a material called polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, which is a form of plastic. National Geographic, "How to mix style and sustainability," 23 Oct. 2019 At Petra, Hoffberg early on recognized the value of polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, a plastic that the company uses for custom binders and in other packaging applications. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Jerome Hoffberg, who ran packaging business before decades of travel as a retiree, dies at 103," 1 Nov. 2019 Employing more than 1,900 employees and 795 contractors, the Point Comfort plant produces resins for plastics such as high density polyethylene, low density polyethylene, polypropylene and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Formosa Plastics settles Lavaca Bay pollution case for $50 Million," 15 Oct. 2019 Of the 25,940 tonnes of plastic waste produced in India everyday according to CPCB, 94% is thermoplastic, or recyclable materials such as PET (polyethylene terephthalate), and PVC (polyvinyl chloride). Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "India’s plastic waste crisis is too big, even for Modi," 28 Aug. 2019 With each passing summer, more and more bodies of water are invaded by the species known as the polyvinyl chloride inflatable pool float. Sanam Yar, New York Times, "America’s Next Top Pool Float," 30 July 2019 It's made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride), the synthetic plastic polymer that's used in bottles and toys that give them that flexible stretch. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "This $6 Gadget Makes Your Loose Rings Fit Like a Glove," 2 Apr. 2019

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1930, in the meaning defined above

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“Polyvinyl chloride.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polyvinyl%20chloride. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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