Definition of polyvinyl chloride in English:

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polyvinyl chloride

Pronunciation: /ˈˌpälēˈvīnl/ Pronunciation: /ˈˌpäləˈvīnl ˈklôˌrīd/
(abbreviation PVC)


A tough, chemically resistant synthetic resin made by polymerizing vinyl chloride and used for a wide variety of products including pipes, flooring, and sheeting.
Example sentences
  • Examples of linear polymers include polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride and polypropylene.
  • After polyvinyl chloride is produced, vinyl chloride gas is trapped in the finished product and can escape.
  • Plastic films laminated to foil for commercial use include cellophane, cellulose acetate, rubber hydrochloride, polyvinyl chloride, polyesters, and polyethylene.

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Syllabification: pol·y·vi·nyl chlo·ride

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