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vinyl chloride

noun, Chemistry
1.
a colorless, easily liquefied, flammable, slightly water-soluble gas, C 2 H 3 Cl, having a pleasant, etherlike odor: used in the manufacture of plastics, as a refrigerant, and in the synthesis of polyvinyl chloride and other organic compounds.
Also called chloroethene, chloroethylene.
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  • Also in the noxious brew: ammonia, vinyl chloride, and ethylene dichloride.
  • The explosion followed a release of highly flammable vinyl chloride, which ignited.
British Dictionary definitions for vinyl chloride

vinyl chloride

noun
1.
a colourless flammable gaseous unsaturated compound made by the chlorination of ethylene and used as a refrigerant and in the manufacture of PVC; chloroethylene; chloroethene. Formula: CH:CHCl
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vinyl chloride in Medicine

vinyl chloride n.
A flammable gas used in the plastics industry as a monomer for polyvinyl chloride and suspected of being a potent carcinogen in humans.

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vinyl chloride in Science
vinyl chloride  
A flammable gas used to make polyvinyl chloride. Chemical formula: C2H3Cl.
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