vi·​nyl·​i·​dene vī-ˈni-lə-ˌdēn How to pronounce vinylidene (audio)
: a divalent radical CH2=C derived from ethylene by removal of two hydrogen atoms from one carbon atom

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The company, which acquired several area properties from Dow Chemical in 2015, previously announced plans to close its chlor alkali and vinylidene chloride plants in Freeport in 2020 to cut costs. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, 12 Feb. 2020

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Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary vinyl + -ide + -ene

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vinylidene was in 1898

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“Vinylidene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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