Definition of fullerene in English:

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fullerene

Pronunciation: /ˈfo͝oləˌrēn/

noun

Chemistry
A form of carbon having a large spheroidal molecule consisting of a hollow cage of atoms, of which buckminsterfullerene was the first known example.
Example sentences
  • Iijima was investigating a technique used to make carbon molecules called fullerenes, in which dozens of carbon atoms are joined together in hollow cages.
  • This newly synthesized molecule is the smallest member of the family of closed-cage carbon molecules known as fullerenes.
  • Structural relatives to fullerenes, carbon nanotubes have been the object of theoretical work for the past few years.

Origin

1980s: contraction of buckminsterfullerene.

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Syllabification: full·er·ene

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