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

Examples of polymer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hydrophobic polymers that make up the base layer shed water but attract the silicone oil, keeping the lubricant in place for about 500 flushes (after which more silicone must be applied). Viviane Callier, Scientific American, "Superslippery Toilets Squash Water Wastage," 18 Nov. 2019 The polymers don't preserve 3D structure or a complete sequence of amino acids. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "Warm-blooded velociraptors? Fossilized proteins unravel dinosaur mysteries," 8 Oct. 2019 The working prototype contains 100 microneedles, which measure hundreds of micrometers in length and are made out of a biodegradable polymer. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian, "Will Microneedle Patches Be the Future of Birth Control?," 6 Nov. 2019 Most of its bulk consists of a highly specialized syntactic foam—made of tiny ceramic spheres suspended in polymer resin—the only material able to provide buoyancy while remaining uncrushable. Susan Casey, Outside Online, "One Man's Wild Quest to Reach the Bottom of Every Ocean," 22 Oct. 2019 This display uses a custom adhesive and has a composite polymer build. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Samsung's Galaxy Fold is teasing a foldable future," 19 Oct. 2019 The pencil lead-thin cord would be constructed from carbon polymers and hung from the moon. Fox News, "Space 'elevator' to the moon may soon be a reality," 14 Oct. 2019 These are thin, porous films of plastic polymer like Gore-Tex’s expanded polytetrafluoroethylene. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Waterproof Hiking Boots, Tested," 8 Oct. 2019 Algae as material Dutch designers Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros use algae to create polymers that can be used in 3D printing as a replacement for plastic. Ben Lamm, Quartz, "Algae might be a secret weapon to combatting climate change," 1 Oct. 2019

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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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3 Dec 2019

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“Polymer.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polymer?utm_campaign=sd&utm_medium=serp&utm_source=jsonld. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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polymer

noun
How to pronounce polymer (audio)

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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