polymer

noun
poly·​mer | \ ˈpä-lə-mər How to pronounce polymer (audio) \

Definition of polymer

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

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Other Words from polymer

polymeric \ ˌpä-​lə-​ˈmer-​ik How to pronounce polymer (audio) \ adjective
polymerism \ pə-​ˈli-​mə-​ˌri-​zəm How to pronounce polymer (audio) , ˈpä-​lə-​mə-​ How to pronounce polymer (audio) \ noun
polymerlike \ ˈpä-​lə-​mər-​ˌlīk How to pronounce polymer (audio) \ adjective

Examples of polymer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So the pacemaker sits inside a dissolvable polymer shell that acts as a buffer against time—the hardware has two weeks to do its work while its shell dissolves. Max G. Levy, Wired, 16 July 2021 To assess the different levels of risk these different plastics pose to mantas, the team went to a critical feeding habitat off Nusa Penida, Indonesia and examined the color and polymer composition of small plastic samples (those <30 mm). Melissa Cristina Márquez, Forbes, 6 July 2021 Wailes makes realistic creatures and fantastical creatures out of polymer clay. Lyndi Mcnulty, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 4 July 2021 They are made of durable, high-impact resistant, composite plastic polymer. Chris Hachey, BGR, 16 June 2021 One of those drugs uses a polymer — a gel-like mixture of molecules — to ensure the active ingredient releases slowly, extending its benefits. Jonathan Wosen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2021 The plastic itself has a sprinkling of polymer-munching enzymes mixed in that are activated by heat and moisture to degrade the plastic from the inside. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Apr. 2021 Plastic bags are derived from polyethylene, a polymer primarily used for packaging. Kingsley Kobo, Quartz, 16 May 2021 Plus, the polymer is lead-free, meaning the hose is safe to use for drinking water. Christie Calucchia, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of polymer

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polymer

International Scientific Vocabulary, back-formation from polymeric, from Greek polymerēs having many parts, from poly- + meros part — more at merit entry 1

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The first known use of polymer was in 1866

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“Polymer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polymer. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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polymer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of polymer

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

polymer

noun
poly·​mer | \ ˈpä-lə-mər How to pronounce polymer (audio) \

Kids Definition of polymer

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

polymer

noun
poly·​mer | \ ˈpäl-ə-mər How to pronounce polymer (audio) \

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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