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depolymerize

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verb de·po·ly·mer·ize \(ˌ)dē-pə-ˈli-mə-ˌrīz, -ˈpä-lə-mə-\

Definition of depolymerize

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to decompose (macromolecules) into simpler compounds (as monomers)

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to undergo decomposition into simpler compounds

depolymerization

play \ˌdē-pə-ˌli-mə-rə-ˈzā-shən, (ˌ)dē-ˌpä-lə-mə-rə-\ noun


Circa 1909

First Known Use of depolymerize

circa 1909


Medical Dictionary

depolymerize

verb de·po·ly·mer·ize

Medical Definition of depolymerize

depolymerized

or British

depolymerised

;

depolymerizing

or British

depolymerising

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to decompose (macromolecules) into relatively simple compounds (as monomers) <depolymerized nucleic acids>

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to undergo decomposition into simpler compounds

depolymerization

or British

depolymerisation

\ˌdē-pə-ˌlim-ə-rə-ˈzā-shən, (ˌ)dē-ˌpäl-ə-mə-rə-\play play noun


Variants of depolymerize

or British

depolymerise

\(ˈ)dē-pə-ˈlim-ə-ˌrīz, -ˈpäl-ə-mə-\play play

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