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polyvinyl acetate

noun, Chemistry
1.
a colorless, odorless, nontoxic, transparent, thermoplastic, water-insoluble resin used as an adhesive in certain paints and as an intermediate in the synthesis of polyvinyl acetal and polyvinyl alcohol.
Also called PVA.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
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Examples from the web for polyvinyl acetate
  • Elmer's is made up of polyvinyl acetate, which is a synthetic polymer.
  • polyvinyl acetate is a synthetic polymer that is used as an ingredient in chewing gum.
  • Elmer's glue is made of a copolymer off polyvinyl acetate and polyvinyl alcohol.
  • polyvinyl acetate, styrene butadiene rubber and ethylene vinyl acetate-type admixtures will not be accepted.
  • It is also used in polyvinyl acetate latex, and it may be used in some ink and spot remover formulations.
British Dictionary definitions for polyvinyl acetate

polyvinyl acetate

noun
1.
a colourless odourless tasteless resin used in emulsion paints, adhesives, sealers, a substitute for chicle in chewing gum, and for sealing porous surfaces PVA
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Encyclopedia Article for polyvinyl acetate

a colourless, water-insoluble resin belonging to the family of organic polymers, prepared by treating its monomer, vinyl acetate, with peroxide catalysts. In its most important application, polyvinyl acetate comprises the film-forming ingredient of water-based (latex) paints; it also is used in adhesives, lacquers, and cements and as the starting material for making polyvinyl alcohol (q.v.).

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