Definition of monomolecular in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˌmänōməˈlekyələr/


1(Of a layer) one molecule thick.
Example sentences
  • The strong adsorption on such materials at surface or interfaces in the form of an orientated monomolecular layer is termed surface activity.
  • On the one hand, a monomolecular layer of the most abundant molecular species, DPPC, can reduce the surface tension close to zero, like the entire surfactant.
  • The matter formed a monomolecular layer with rafts of condensed lipids, diffusing in a fluid matrix.
1.1Consisting of or involving one molecule.
Example sentences
  • Electron microscopy, gel electrophoresis, and differential scanning calorimetry show that such fusion involves lipid vesicle formation and dissociation of monomolecular lipid-poor protein.
  • Interestingly, the monomolecular two-state model considered for DNA condensation resembles the models for ligand-induced protein conformational transition.
  • This would imply that the nucleation event is in fact a monomolecular event, e.g., a slow transition of individual lysozyme molecules to a partially folded state that initiates fibril formation.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: mon·o·mo·lec·u·lar

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.