Definition of polyvinyl chloride in English:

polyvinyl chloride

(also PVC)

Pronunciation /ˈˌpälēˈvīnl/ /ˈˌpɑliˈvaɪnl/ /ˈˌpäləˈvīnl ˈklôˌrīd/ /ˈˌpɑləˈvaɪnl ˈklɔˌraɪd/


  • A tough chemically resistant synthetic resin made by polymerizing vinyl chloride and used for a wide variety of products including pipes, flooring, and sheeting.

    ‘Examples of linear polymers include polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride and polypropylene.’
    • ‘After polyvinyl chloride is produced, vinyl chloride gas is trapped in the finished product and can escape.’
    • ‘Plastic films laminated to foil for commercial use include cellophane, cellulose acetate, rubber hydrochloride, polyvinyl chloride, polyesters, and polyethylene.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’