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 Kim and his team created the tags by processing fluorescent silk cocoons from specialized silkworms to create a biopolymer, which can be formed into different patterns to encode information. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 20 July 2022 The company said it’s the first to sell these kinds of chips to willing customers, unleashing its biopolymer technology about the size of a small safety pin on the world last year. Bill Hardekopf, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Because these waste converters are insects, their larvae contain the biopolymer chitin, and that could be pulled out for the $65 billion market for its uses in paper, textiles, skin products, biomedicines and even dissolving bandages. Steven Savage, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 The Vietnamese designer Uyen Tran has developed a flexible biomaterial called Tômtex, a leather alternative made from coffee grounds mixed with a biopolymer called chitin that is extracted from seafood shells. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2021 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 See More

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1957, in the meaning defined above

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“Biopolymer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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