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

Examples of biopolymer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More recently, companies like QMILK have developed biopolymer variants that are natural and use renewable resources. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2021 With warm water, naturally-occurring fats, and time, the structure of the biopolymer can be rearranged to grow to the shape of a model. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 8 Dec. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of biopolymer

1957, in the meaning defined above

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4 May 2021

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“Biopolymer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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

Medical Definition of biopolymer

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


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