Definition of polyvinyl chloride in US English:

polyvinyl chloride

(also 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.

    • ‘It is a carcinogen, widely used in the rubber, plastics, glass and paper industries, but also appears in the environment in large amounts due to the breakdown of chlorinated solvents and polyvinyl chloride (PVC, the polymer of VC).’
    • ‘Examples of linear polymers include polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride and polypropylene.’
    • ‘Styrene is one of the most important organic chemicals in use today, and styrene polymers are among the four major polymers of commercial interest, along with polyethylene, polypropylene and polyvinyl chloride.’
    • ‘Plastic films laminated to foil for commercial use include cellophane, cellulose acetate, rubber hydrochloride, polyvinyl chloride, polyesters, and polyethylene.’
    • ‘After polyvinyl chloride is produced, vinyl chloride gas is trapped in the finished product and can escape.’


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