mono·​mer ˈmä-nə-mər How to pronounce monomer (audio)
: a chemical compound that can undergo polymerization
monomeric adjective

Examples of monomer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When they’re hit by intense sunlight, the dimers break apart into two monomers again. Elise Cutts, Quanta Magazine, 19 Dec. 2023 Grand Award Winner, Emergency Service and Defense Kevlar EXO by Dupont: Lighter body armor Learn More On April 14, DuPont announced Kevlar EXO, a new variant on Kevlar that incorporates a third monomer molecule into its fibrous composition. Popular Science, 29 Nov. 2023 But because they are made of different molecular building blocks, called monomers, they must be sorted into different streams before they can be melted to make new products. Susan Cosier, Scientific American, 9 Sep. 2023 Just as soap brings together oil and water, these cross-linkers (when applied under heat) form covalent molecular bonds that tether the diverse monomers together. Susan Cosier, Scientific American, 9 Sep. 2023 Soft gel, a formula of acrylic monomers and oligomers, is the material behind Gel-X. Until the cutting edge formula founded by Aprés, soft gel was too soft to extend into longer nails. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 31 Aug. 2023 Firefighters continued to douse the site with water and foam to keep the highly flammable chemical styrene monomer from reigniting, but flames broke out again and burned for about an hour Tuesday afternoon. David Rising, Star Tribune, 6 July 2021 Clean factories would reformulate the plastics into monomers that can be used again. William McDonough, Scientific American, 1 July 2017 Five cars that derailed contained stabilized vinyl chloride monomer, or VCM, Paul Thomas, a vice president for the manufacturer Oxy Vinyls said. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 23 June 2023 See More

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of monomer was in 1914

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“Monomer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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mono·​mer ˈmän-ə-mər How to pronounce monomer (audio)
: a chemical compound that can undergo polymerization
monomeric adjective

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