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What is "Acrylic" - Definition & Explanation

Synthetic fiber made from polymers composed of at least 85% by weight of acrylonitrile units. Acrylic is lightweight, soft, and warm, with a wool-like feel. It has good cleanability characteristics and takes vivid color well. Acrylic is normally used to create velvet, plush looks.
Manmade fiber derived from petrochemical by-products.
Acrylic fiber is a synthetic polymer fiber that contains at least 85% acrylonitrile.
A manufactured fiber in which the fiber-forming substance is any long chain synthetic polymer composed of at least 85% by weight of acrylonitrile units.
A manufactured fiber derived from polyacrylonitrile. Its major properties include a soft, wool-like hand, machine washable and dryable, excellent color retention. Solution-dyed versions have excellent resistance to sunlight and chlorine degradation.
A manufactured fiber made from long-chain synthetic polymers. Characteristics: wrinkle resistance; low moisture absorbency and quick-drying; provides warmth yet lightweight, soft and resilient.
A generic term for a type of man-made fibre most similar to natural fibres with characteristics of warmth and softness.
A man-made fiber with soft feeling: outstanding durability, exceilent resistiance to sunlight. It has excelent cleanability characteristics and takes vivid color well. Aciylic is normally used to create velvet and plush looks in fabrics and carpets.
Acrylic is a generic name for synthetic fibers derived from 85% polyacrylonitrile. Used for base layers or insulating fabrics. Properties include a soft, wooly hand, wash-and-wear performance, colorfastness and wrinkle resistance. Acrylic is used in socks and in blends with cotton for fleece apparel.

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