vinyl chloride


Definition of vinyl chloride

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

Examples of vinyl chloride in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The agency modeled vinyl chloride and ethylene dichloride emissions from the three Westlake facilities and three other nearby plants. Kathleen Flynn, ProPublica, 20 May 2022 Westlake’s annual vinyl chloride emissions during that time were at least 28 times that of the others. Kathleen Flynn, ProPublica, 20 May 2022 The system had been adopted after 5,000 pounds of leaking vinyl chloride caused a fire and explosion at the plant in 2002. Kathleen Flynn, ProPublica, 20 May 2022 Two years later, vinyl chloride had contaminated the groundwater in the historic free town of Morrisonville, and Dow Chemical Company spent $7 million buying out residents. Anya Groner, The Atlantic, 7 May 2021 In 1987, traces of vinyl chloride were discovered in the blood of children from nearby Reveilletown, a historic free town founded in the 1870s. Anya Groner, The Atlantic, 7 May 2021 Other violations in this settlement included weekly checks of vinyl chloride monitoring systems that were required to be checked daily, which could have resulted in fines of as much as $50,000 a day for each day of violation. Mark Schleifstein,, 1 Feb. 2021 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, 5 Sep. 2020 When inhaled, vinyl chloride can cause cancer, according to the EPA. Mark Schleifstein,, 31 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of vinyl chloride

1872, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vinyl chloride was in 1872

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22 Jun 2022

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“Vinyl chloride.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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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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