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chloroethene (CH2CHCl)




Also known as vinyl chloride, a gas with an ether-like odor. It is manufactured by the chlorination of ethene (ethylene). It polymerizes to form polychloroethene, or polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and is widely used in this form for making electric wire insulation and vinyl records.


melting point -153.8°C (-244.8°F)
boiling point -13.4°C (7.9°F)


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