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A colourless toxic gas used in the production of polyvinyl chloride and other commercially important polymers.
- ‘Polyvinyl chloride is a macromolecule that results from the free-radical polymerization of vinyl chloride.’
- ‘Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta have isolated a soil bacterium that can break down vinyl chloride, a widespread toxic pollutant in soil and groundwater.’
- ‘These are usually based on copolymers of vinyl acetate with vinyl chloride, acrylic or methacrylic esters or styrene, produced by addition polymerisation.’
- ‘After polyvinyl chloride is produced, vinyl chloride gas is trapped in the finished product and can escape.’
- ‘Many non-smokers suffer from the diseases of active smoking, when they inhale toxic chemicals such as arsenic, benzene and vinyl chloride from second-hand smoke, he said.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.