polymer

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek πολύς (poly, many) + μέρος (meros, part). Coined in 1833 by Jöns Jacob Berzelius, although his definition was quite different from ours.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɒl.ɨ.mə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈpɑ.lɪ.mɚ/
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  • Hyphenation: poly‧mer

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polymer (plural polymers)

  1. (organic chemistry) A long or larger molecule consisting of a chain or network of many repeating units, formed by chemically bonding together many identical or similar small molecules called monomers. A polymer is formed by polymerization, the joining of many monomer molecules.
  2. A material consisting of such polymer molecules.
    • 2013 May-June, Charles T. Ambrose, “Alzheimer’s Disease”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 200: 
      Similar studies of rats have employed four different intracranial resorbable, slow sustained release systems—surgical foam, a thermal gel depot, a microcapsule or biodegradable polymer beads.

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polymer (not comparable)

  1. polymeric

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