addition polymer


Definition of addition polymer

: 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

First Known Use of addition polymer

1935, in the meaning defined above

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Learn More About addition polymer

Time Traveler for addition polymer

Time Traveler

The first known use of addition polymer was in 1935

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near addition polymer

addition latente

addition polymer

addition polymerization

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for addition polymer

Cite this Entry

“Addition polymer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!