Definition of oligomer in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈliɡəmər/


A polymer whose molecules consist of relatively few repeating units.
Example sentences
  • Condensed tannins are oligomers and polymers of flavonoid units linked by carbon-carbon bonds, which are not susceptible to hydrolysis.
  • Proanthocyanidin mixtures from grapes are a combination of dimers, trimers, tetramers, oligomers, and polymers.
  • The result may be low molecular weight, broad molecular weight distribution, or the presence of nonreacted monomers or oligomers with very low molecular weights.



Pronunciation: /əˌliɡəˈmerik/
Example sentences
  • These densities may represent monomeric or oligomeric clusters of calsequestrin molecules that co-exist with the larger SR membrane-associated assemblages.
  • Bovine SP-B occurs also as covalent trimer, and oligomeric forms of ovine SP-B have been described.
  • Using the approach of this article, it may be possible to find conditions for which peptide constructs that vary in length and/or sequence have well-defined oligomeric states in the buffer solution.

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Syllabification: o·lig·o·mer

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