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polymer

Syllabification: pol·y·mer
Pronunciation: /ˈpäləmər
 
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Definition of polymer in English:

noun

Chemistry
A substance that has a molecular structure consisting chiefly or entirely of a large number of similar units bonded together, e.g., many synthetic organic materials used as plastics and resins.
Example sentences
  • High molecular weight polymers can have viscosity values in the millions of centipoise range.
  • The ability of living organisms to define the molecular composition of a polymer with complete accuracy is an enviable one.
  • Nucleic acids are also polymers, composed of repeating units called nucleotides.

Origin

mid 19th century: from German, from Greek polumeros 'having many parts', from polu- 'many' + meros 'a share'.

Derivatives

polymeric

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Pronunciation: /ˌpäləˈmerik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Polyphosphates are a group of phosphates that are created from polymeric chemical compounds.
  • The oil droplets contain a molecular metal oxide precursor, which polymerises on contact with water forming a polymeric metal oxide coating at the oil-water interface.
  • Quill has already identified several ionic liquids in which a wide range of inorganic, organic and polymeric materials are highly soluble, making them prime candidates for small reactor volumes.

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