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[pol-ee-vahyn-l] /ˌpɒl iˈvaɪn l/
adjective, Chemistry
pertaining to or derived from a vinyl polymer.
Origin of polyvinyl
1930-35; poly- + vinyl Unabridged
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Examples from the web for polyvinyl
  • Recycling centers typically do not accept polyvinyl chloride for recycling.
  • The wiring loom uses recycled and halogen-free materials instead of polyvinyl, a move intended to make it more easily recycled.
  • The matter at hand was a proposal to ban the purchase of polyvinyl chloride products using city funds.
  • It plans to eliminate one more-polyvinyl chloride-from new computer models this year.
  • The gel is made by mixing powdered polyvinyl alcohol with acid in a mold.
  • Elmer's is made up of polyvinyl acetate, which is a synthetic polymer.
  • Vinyl chloride monomer is the main raw material used in the production of polyvinyl chloride.
British Dictionary definitions for polyvinyl


/ˌpɒlɪˈvaɪnɪl; -ˈvaɪnəl/
(modifier) designating a plastic or resin formed by polymerization of a vinyl derivative
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Word Origin and History for polyvinyl

1930, polymer of vinyl chloride. In chemistry, vinyl was used from 1863 as the name of a univalent radical derived from ethylene, from Latin vinum "wine" (see wine (n.)), because ethyl alcohol is the ordinary alcohol present in wine.

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polyvinyl in Medicine

polyvinyl pol·y·vi·nyl (pŏl'ē-vī'nəl)
Of, relating to, or characterizing a polymerized thermoplastic vinyl, such as polyvinyl chloride.

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