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 Vegan leathers have traditionally been fabricated from PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and Polyurethane—plastics that can cause a threat to the environment during and after its lifespan. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 22 Apr. 2021 For example, prices for polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, have more than doubled since last summer, according to S&P Global Platts. Austen Hufford, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2021 Available in more than two dozen fun patterns and designs, the PVC (aka a synthetic rubber called polyvinyl chloride) mat boasts 6 millimeters of cushion and features a deep texture that ensures little to no slipping. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, 25 Feb. 2021 Shintech, the world's largest producer of polyvinyl chloride resins, or PVC, first announced its interest in expanding its facility in 2018 and acquired its permits from the state earlier this year in January. Halle Parker | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, 2 Feb. 2021 Look for an option constructed with a high-quality thermoplastic polymer like polyvinyl chloride. Field & Stream, 5 Jan. 2021 The super-enzyme can also deal with polyethylene furanoate (PEF), a bioplastic used in some beer bottles, but cannot break down other types of plastic such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Oct. 2020 Some service lines were made of HDPE; others were made of polyvinyl chloride, or PVC; and others were copper, according to Jennifer Burke, the city’s water director. J.d. Morris, SFChronicle.com, 4 Sep. 2020 It’s made from Cotec EPO, which is a tarpaulin material that’s polyvinyl chloride (PVC)-free. Adrienne So, Wired, 2 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of polyvinyl chloride

1930, in the meaning defined above

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6 May 2021

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“Polyvinyl chloride.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polyvinyl%20chloride. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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