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  • adjective Designating any of a group of polymerized thermoplastic vinyls, such as polyvinyl chloride.

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  • adjective chemistry designating any polymer derived from a vinyl compound


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  • DEHP is used as a plasticizer in polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

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  • The plastics that di-n-butyl phthalate is used most in are called polyvinyl chloride plastics and nitrocellulose lacquers.

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  • DEHP is used in many products that are made from plastic, but especially a plastic known as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or vinyl.

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  • Made out of a polymer called polyvinyl pyrrolidone, they dissolve on contact with skin.

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  • Besides having their tops sealed with cement to prevent polluted flood waters from slopping in, the wells are lined with a type of plastic pipe, known as polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, that extends down into the aquifer.

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  • The study said of key concern is the use of the plastic called polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, in some items.

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  • The project execution plan included elements of CBP's initial program for deploying radiation detection monitors, known as polyvinyl toluene monitors, along with handheld devices that could identify specific radioactive isotopes. Top News 2008

  • (piston, cylinder) were made from an inexpensive plastic material called polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

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  • That is because studies have shown that dioxins may be released into the atmosphere when chlorinated plastics such as polyvinyl chloride are incinerated at high temperatures.


  • Discounting "is the way of spoiling everything," says Gianni Castiglioni, president of Milan-based designer label Marni SRL, known for $2,000 dresses made from innovative materials such as polyvinyl chloride (the "PVC" in household pipes) that are favored by the art-gallery set.

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