fullerene

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noun ful·ler·ene \ˌfu̇-lə-ˈrēn\

Definition of fullerene

  1. :  any of a class of closed hollow aromatic carbon compounds whose structures are made up of twelve pentagonal and differing numbers of hexagonal faces; especially :  one having a roughly spherical shape

Origin and Etymology of fullerene

R. Buckminster Fuller; from the resemblance of the molecules to the geodesic domes designed by Fuller


First Known Use: 1987


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