copolymer

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The most basic version costs $15 but more advanced models come in aluminum for $85 and the copolymer material ethylene vinyl acetate at $25. Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, 8 Dec. 2015 Short copolymer chains refract shorter wavelengths of light: ultraviolet, blues and greens. Meg Wilcox, Scientific American, 13 Nov. 2020 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Copolymer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/copolymer. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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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