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Polyvinyl Acetate

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Aug 11, 2023.

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

What is it?

Polyvinyl acetate (PVA, PVAc) is a synthetic resin prepared by the polymerization of vinyl acetate. PVA is normally made through the free radical polymerization of vinyl acetate, which is also a polymer. Polyvinyl acetate, (C4H6O2)n, serves as the film-forming ingredient in water-based (latex) paints; it also is used in adhesives and glues, such as Elmer's Glue.

List of medications using Polyvinyl Acetate


  1. Encyclopedia Britannica. Polyvinyl acetate (PVAc). Accessed February 28, 2015 at

Further information

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