Vinyl Chloride

Vinyl Chloride Chemical formula

Chemical information

Cloruro de vinilo; VCM; Vinilo, cloruro de; Vinyl Chloride Monomer; Winylu chlorek. Chloroethylene.
Chemical formula: C2H3Cl = 62.50.
CAS — 75-01-4.


Vinyl chloride is used in the manufacture of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and other vinyl polymers. Occupational exposure to vinyl chloride in polymerisation plants has been associated with acroosteolysis, especially in the terminal phalanges of the fingers, a condition resembling Raynaud’s phenomenon, and sclerodermatous skin changes. Liver damage and hepatic angiosarcoma, splenomegaly, thrombocytopenia, impaired respiratory function, and chromosomal abnormalities have also occurred.
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Published May 08, 2019.