bio·​poly·​mer | \ ˌbī-ō-ˈpä-lə-mər How to pronounce biopolymer (audio) \

Definition of biopolymer

: a polymeric substance (such as a protein or polysaccharide) formed in a biological system

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Recent Examples on the Web Chitosan, a biopolymer (like a protein, cellulose, or DNA), can be extracted from the shells of crustaceans such as shrimp, lobsters, and crabs. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "An Unexpected Source of Sustainable Energy: Crustaceans," 20 Apr. 2020 Later this month, the platform will start to rotate while the arm pumps out a gooey concoction of basalt and biopolymers. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "A 3D Print-Out You Could Call Home," 8 Nov. 2019 It will be made from a biopolymer basalt composite that's made from recyclable corn and sugar cane waste, according to Curbed. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Cabin Was Built for Mars—But You Can Test it Out in Upstate New York," 4 Sep. 2019 Dansby had the chip encased in a biopolymer, a natural material that can safely remain under her skin like the silicon that is used for breast implants. Peter Holley, Washington Post, "This Telsa owner wanted to control her Model 3. So she implanted a valet key in her arm.," 27 Aug. 2019 In a second video, Aime shows the body modification specialist inserting the chip, which was encased in a biopolymer. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Tesla Model 3 owner implants key card chip into her arm to unlock and start her vehicle," 13 Aug. 2019 Through research like this, the Center is realizing its ambitious mission to shed light on the chemistries of biopolymers, a foundation of all living things. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "We're All Born from the Same 20 Amino Acids, So Can't We All Just Get Along?," 2 Aug. 2019 Indeed, the three-biopolymer system may have drawbacks, since information flows only one way, from DNA to RNA to proteins. Quanta Magazine, "New Letters Added to the Genetic Alphabet," 10 July 2015 Yet a new computational model that describes how early biopolymers could have grown long enough to fold into useful shapes may change that. Quanta Magazine, "Life’s First Molecule Was Protein, Not RNA, New Model Suggests," 2 Nov. 2017

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1957, in the meaning defined above

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“Biopolymer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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bio·​poly·​mer | \ ˌbī-ō-ˈpäl-ə-mər How to pronounce biopolymer (audio) \

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: a polymeric substance (as a protein or polysaccharide) formed in a biological system

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