vinyl alcohol

noun

: an unstable compound CH2=CHOH isolated only in the form of its polymers or derivatives

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Kuraray's Eval plant, located on Bay Area Boulevard, opened in 1986 to produce ethylene vinyl alcohol, a chemical used in food packaging. Katherine Blunt, Houston Chronicle, 25 May 2018 Kuraray's Eval plant, located on Bay Area Boulevard, opened in 1986 to produce ethylene vinyl alcohol, a chemical used in food packaging. Katherine Blunt, Houston Chronicle, 25 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vinyl alcohol was in 1873

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Cite this Entry

“Vinyl alcohol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vinyl%20alcohol. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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