polymer

noun poly·mer \ ˈpä-lə-mər \
Updated on: 16 Dec 2017

Definition of polymer

: a chemical compound or mixture of compounds formed by polymerization and consisting essentially of repeating structural units

polymeric

play \ˌpä-lə-ˈmer-ik\ adjective

polymerism

play \pə-ˈli-mə-ˌri-zəm, ˈpä-lə-mə-\ noun

polymerlike

play \ˈpä-lə-mər-ˌlīk\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of polymer

International Scientific Vocabulary, back-formation from polymeric, from Greek polymerēs having many parts, from poly- + meros part — more at merit

POLYMER Defined for English Language Learners

polymer

noun

Definition of polymer for English Language Learners

  • chemistry : a chemical compound that is made of small molecules that are arranged in a simple repeating structure to form a larger molecule


POLYMER Defined for Kids

polymer

noun poly·mer \ ˈpä-lə-mər \

Definition of polymer for Students

: a chemical compound that is made of small molecules that are arranged in a simple repeating structure to form a larger molecule

Medical Dictionary

polymer

noun poly·mer \ ˈpäl-ə-mər \

medical Definition of polymer

: a chemical compound or mixture of compounds formed by polymerization and consisting essentially of repeating structural units

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