addition polymer

noun

chemistry
: a polymer formed without formation of a by-product
Many thermoplastic materials are addition polymers such as polyethylene and polypropylene.Steve Black and Michelle Wise, Nuclear Engineering International, 13 Oct. 2009

Word History

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of addition polymer was in 1935

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“Addition polymer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/addition%20polymer. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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