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 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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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