copolymer

noun

co·​pol·​y·​mer (ˌ)kō-ˈpä-lə-mər How to pronounce copolymer (audio)
: a product of copolymerization
copolymeric adjective

Examples of copolymer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The team coated the entire surface of the silicon with a copolymer, each molecule of which consisted of a string of polystyrene linked to a string of poly(methyl methacrylate), or PMMA. IEEE Spectrum, 31 Jan. 2012 The popular texturizing spray is formulated with volcanic minerals to absorb oil and mattify strands, copolymers to offer ample hold, and fruit and flower extracts to boost softness and shine. Rebecca Norris, Peoplemag, 1 Nov. 2023 The housing is made from a new material developed in conjunction with Eastman Chemicals using a Tritan copolymer that lends itself to acoustic applications. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2022 Unlike spandex, which is a polyether-polyurea copolymer, Sorona is partially plant-based and can be recycled in any normal polyester recycling stream. Mady Koller, Outside Online, 2 Aug. 2019 And so, one possibility is that the early genetic material was actually some kind of mixed copolymer of RNA and DNA. Quanta Magazine, 1 June 2022 The Smith Forefront 2 takes it all into account, starting with Koroyd, a honeycomb-like copolymer layer made of thin plastic cylinders that crush on impact to disperse energy. Scott Yorko, Outside Online, 7 July 2020 Cosmetic chemist Ginger King says to look out for ingredients like isododecane (a solvent), paraffin (a type of mineral oil that resists water), and VP/eicosene copolymer (film former). Allure, 25 June 2021 The copolymer doesn’t react with the electrolyte, which further extends the battery life. Chris Smith, BGR, 3 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of copolymer was in 1936

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“Copolymer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/copolymer. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

copolymer

noun
co·​pol·​y·​mer (ˈ)kō-ˈpäl-ə-mər How to pronounce copolymer (audio)
: a product of copolymerization

Medical Definition

copolymer

noun
co·​pol·​y·​mer (ˈ)kō-ˈpäl-ə-mər How to pronounce copolymer (audio)
: a product of copolymerization

called also heteropolymer

copolymeric adjective

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