depolymerize

verb
de·​po·​ly·​mer·​ize | \ (ˌ)dē-pə-ˈli-mə-ˌrīz How to pronounce depolymerize (audio) , -ˈpä-lə-mə- How to pronounce depolymerize (audio) \
depolymerized; depolymerizing; depolymerizes

Definition of depolymerize

transitive verb

: to decompose (macromolecules) into simpler compounds (such as monomers)

intransitive verb

: to undergo decomposition into simpler compounds

Other Words from depolymerize

depolymerization \ ˌdē-​pə-​ˌli-​mə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce depolymerize (audio) , (ˌ)dē-​ˌpä-​lə-​mə-​rə-​ \ noun

First Known Use of depolymerize

circa 1909, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Depolymerize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/depolymerize. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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depolymerize

verb
de·​po·​ly·​mer·​ize
variants: or British depolymerise \ (ˈ)dē-​pə-​ˈlim-​ə-​ˌrīz How to pronounce depolymerize (audio) , -​ˈpäl-​ə-​mə-​ How to pronounce depolymerize (audio) \
depolymerized or British depolymerised; depolymerizing or British depolymerising

Medical Definition of depolymerize

transitive verb

: to decompose (macromolecules) into relatively simple compounds (as monomers) depolymerized nucleic acids

intransitive verb

: to undergo decomposition into simpler compounds

Other Words from depolymerize

depolymerization or British depolymerisation \ ˌdē-​pə-​ˌlim-​ə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce depolymerize (audio) , (ˌ)dē-​ˌpäl-​ə-​mə-​rə-​ How to pronounce depolymerize (audio) \ noun

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