mono·​mer | \ ˈmä-nə-mər How to pronounce monomer (audio) \

Definition of monomer

: a chemical compound that can undergo polymerization

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monomeric \ ˌmä-​nə-​ˈmer-​ik How to pronounce monomeric (audio) , ˌmō-​ \ adjective

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To make plastics from those substances, manufacturers must first break them into their building blocks, or monomers. Javier Garcia Martinez, Scientific American, "Bioplastics Could Solve a Major Pollution Problem," 1 July 2019 The letters of the alphabet, the monomers of hypothetical primordial chemistry, don’t occur with equal frequency. Quanta Magazine, "The Information Theory of Life," 19 Nov. 2015 The idea is to break those polymers down into individual links, or monomers. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "Closing the loop on plastic recycling?," 5 July 2018 The resulting monomers can then be re-polymerized into a new moldable plastic resin. National Geographic, "Evian and Loop Industries: Starting a Revolution in Plastic Recycling," 13 June 2018 PUBLISHED June 13, 2018 Born from the powerful petrochemical fusion of monomers into polymers, plastic is one of the most ubiquitous and useful materials man has ever made. National Geographic, "Evian and Loop Industries: Starting a Revolution in Plastic Recycling," 13 June 2018 Those building blocks, which chemists call monomers, are made up of groups of atoms that are derived from natural products or by the synthesis of primary chemicals from oil, natural gas, or coal. National Geographic, "Plastics Explained, From A to Z," 16 May 2018 The additions, slated for completion during the next four years, are expected boost the company's annual production of PVC and vinyl chloride monomer by 750 million pounds and 200 million pounds, respectively. Katherine Blunt, Houston Chronicle, "Westlake Chemical to expand three plants in Louisiana and Germany," 19 Feb. 2018 This yeast can also be genetically engineered to produce monomers, the basic building blocks of polymers that could be used by 3D printers to create new tools on the spacecraft or on Mars, reports Becky Ferreira of Motherboard. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "Could Astronauts Harvest Nutrients From Their Waste?," 24 Aug. 2017

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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mono·​mer | \ ˈmän-ə-mər How to pronounce monomer (audio) \

Medical Definition of monomer

: a chemical compound that can undergo polymerization

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monomeric \ ˌmän-​ə-​ˈmer-​ik How to pronounce monomeric (audio) , ˌmō-​nə-​ How to pronounce monomeric (audio) \ adjective

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