What Does Acrylic Mean?

What Does Acrylic Mean?

The word "acrylic" comes from the Latin "acrolein," meaning "a sharp smell," and was named for the odor released during production. An acrylic is a chemical substance derived from acrylic acid, and is manufactured in a number of chemical compositions.

Acrylics can be manufactured in a number of forms, including synthetic fiber, resin, rubber and glass-like plastic called polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). In the form of PMMA it is a transparent thermoplastic often used as a substitute for glass. Acrylic can also be used to denote a type of fast-drying paint used by artists, which consists of pigment in an emulsion of acrylic polymer.