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self-assembly Syllabification: self-as·sem·bly
Pronunciation: /ˈˌself əˈsemblē/

Definition of self-assembly in English:

noun

1 Biology The spontaneous formation of a ribosome, virus, or other body in a medium containing the appropriate components.
2British The construction of an object, especially a piece of furniture, from materials sold in kit form: [as modifier]: self-assembly furniture
More example sentences
  • With portable flat-pack, self-assembly furniture and increase in built-in storage space, the wheel has almost turned full circle.
  • The main advantage of Microsoft products is that, like IKEA self-assembly furniture, they are character-building.
  • When it comes to piecing together a performance, they can, at their worst, resemble a befuddled man confronted by self-assembly furniture.

Derivatives

self-assemble

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verb
Example sentences
  • In contrast to the SMBVs, however, the membrane of Lipobead self-assembles without any homogenization, probably by using the anchors as pinning centers.
  • In vitro, fibrinogen self-assembles into a cross-linked and branched semiflexible fibrin network upon activation by thrombin.
  • The new ink Xerox has developed is based on a polythiophene semi-conductor, which self-assembles into ordered nano-particles that are stable even when dispersed in liquid.

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