vinyl chloride


Definition of vinyl chloride

: a flammable gaseous carcinogenic compound C2H3Cl that is used especially to make vinyl resins

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Recent Examples on the Web In 2004, the MPCA began to look for the source of vinyl chloride contamination that was detected in several Edina wells. Erin Adler, Star Tribune, "A polluted site in Edina and St. Louis Park lands on Superfund priorities list," 5 Sep. 2020 When inhaled, vinyl chloride can cause cancer, according to the EPA. Mark Schleifstein,, "Chlorine, other chemicals detected near Hurricane Laura-damaged chemical plant, EPA says," 31 Aug. 2020 In 1997, residents at a trailer park near the town of Plaquemine were notified that their water was contaminated by small amounts of vinyl chloride, sparking a yearslong investigation into whether Dow’s wastes were the source. Mark Schleifstein, ProPublica, "I’ve Investigated Industrial Pollution for 35 Years. We’re Going Backwards.," 30 Oct. 2012 Saran Wrap includes some vinyl chloride, often 13 percent, and both typically have toxic additives, said Bendell. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "The sticky problem of plastic wrap," 12 July 2019 Local officials in Xuanhua County said on Friday that a preliminary investigation found that vinyl chloride leaked out of a container inside the Hebei Shenghua Chemical Industry Co. facility, according to China’s official Xinhua News Agency. Josh Chin, WSJ, "Chemical Leak From State-Owned Factory Caused Deadly China Blast," 30 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of vinyl chloride

1872, in the meaning defined above

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“Vinyl chloride.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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Medical Definition of vinyl chloride

: a flammable gaseous carcinogenic compound C2H3Cl that is used especially to make vinyl resins

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