monomer

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

Definition of monomer

: a chemical compound that can undergo polymerization

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Other Words from monomer

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

Examples of monomer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The lignin work is particularly important because lignin's monomers are composed of aromatic rings—the chemical structures that give some standard plastics their mechanical strength and other desirable features. Scientific American, "Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2019," 1 Dec. 2019 Polyurethane is a polymer, a large molecule that consists of multiple smaller molecules called monomers. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Plastic-eating bacteria could be small step toward tackling world's pollution crisis," 30 Mar. 2020 Gel polish is made up of acrylic monomers and oligomers that bond together when placed under UV light. Jenna Rosenstein, Allure, "Ultimate Gel Manicure Guide: Risks, Benefits, & How Long They Really Last," 21 Mar. 2020 To make plastics from those substances, manufacturers must first break them into their building blocks, or monomers. Scientific American, "Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2019," 1 Dec. 2019 To make plastics from those substances, manufacturers must first break them into their building blocks, or monomers. Scientific American, "Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2019," 1 Dec. 2019 To make plastics from those substances, manufacturers must first break them into their building blocks, or monomers. Scientific American, "Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2019," 1 Dec. 2019 Gel polishes are made with a mix of acrylic monomers and oligomers that harden under UV light to create a hard, glossy coat. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, "Shellac Nails Versus Gel Manicures, Explained," 4 Oct. 2019 Specifically, adding a GTP (guanosine triphosphate) monomer to a microtubule corresponds to a car parking after the right-most car in the idealized lot. Jennifer Ouellette, Wired, "Want to Find the Best Parking Spot? Do the Math," 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of monomer

1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of monomer was in 1914

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“Monomer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monomer. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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monomer

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

Medical Definition of monomer

: a chemical compound that can undergo polymerization

Other Words from monomer

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

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