polymer

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noun poly·mer \ˈpä-lə-mər\

Definition of polymer

  1. :  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 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


First Known Use: 1866


POLYMER Defined for English Language Learners

polymer

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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

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noun poly·mer \ˈpä-lə-mər\

Definition of polymer for Students

  1. :  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

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noun poly·mer \ˈpäl-ə-mər\

Medical Definition of polymer

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


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