dimer

noun

di·​mer ˈdī-mər How to pronounce dimer (audio)
: a compound formed by the union of two radicals or two molecules of a simpler compound
specifically : a polymer formed from two molecules of a monomer
dimeric adjective
dimerization noun
dimerize transitive verb

Examples of dimer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The moonlight form of the protein can be created only from the darkness dimer — not from the free-floating sunlight form. Elise Cutts, Quanta Magazine, 19 Dec. 2023 Cosmetic chemist Laura Lam-Phaure attributes the natural finish to dimer dilinoleyl dimer dilinoleate (say that just one time fast). Kara McGrath, Allure, 13 Oct. 2023 And each of those can pair with itself into a dimer. Steven Strogatz, Quanta Magazine, 8 Mar. 2023 In fact, these molecules aren’t terribly choosy: Each BMP dimer may stick to several different pairs of receptor subunits with varying degrees of avidity. Quanta Magazine, 16 Sep. 2021 In this study, business class did not differ significantly from economy class for development of an elevated D-dimer. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 20 July 2021 New York hospital doctors had seen a spike in D-dimer levels among their sickest patients. New York Times, 21 Jan. 2021 In the early 1990s, Van Beek helped develop the D-dimer blood test that’s used around the world to monitor clot formation in patients, including those with Covid-19, and to dose them with heparin and other anticoagulant medications. Jason Gale, Fortune, 5 May 2020 One that seems to be especially predictive of a person’s fate is a protein known as D-dimer. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, 21 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use

circa 1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dimer was circa 1926

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“Dimer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dimer. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

dimer

noun
di·​mer ˈdī-mər How to pronounce dimer (audio)
: a compound formed by the union of two radicals or two molecules of a simpler compound
specifically : a polymer formed from two molecules of a monomer
dimeric adjective
dimerization noun
or British dimerisation
dimerize transitive verb
or British dimerise
dimerized or British dimerised; dimerizing or British dimerising

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