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

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Olaplex, born in a Santa Barbara garage to a pair of polymer chemists, was David. Christopher Yasiejko, Los Angeles Times, "L’Oreal owes Olaplex $91 million for stealing trade secrets," 12 Aug. 2019 But all this synthetic polymer fabric comes with a significant environmental impact. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Prada’s Re-Nylon Project Turns Your Favorite Backpack Into a Sustainable Accessory," 5 Aug. 2019 Today the tents are made of canvas or a lightweight, UV-resistant polymer fabric, and are being used as rustic guest bedrooms and children’s play spaces, says owner Laurie Womer. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "Pop-Up Tents No S’more: Glamping Is the New Backyard Camping," 11 July 2019 The EN700 Pro has a 10-millimeter driver in each earpiece with an N50 high magnetic composite moving-coil transducer with a polymer composite titanium-plated diaphragm. Jim Rossman, The Seattle Times, "Tech review: Simgot in-ear monitors offer great sound and a great price," 13 Apr. 2019 Here is a black polymer statue of a woman in a body-hugging dress reminiscent of what ancient Egyptians wore, provocatively called Opening Up, by Sarkis Tossoonian. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Can Egypt Convince the World That It Is Starting Over?," 19 Mar. 2019 Four billion years ago or so, basic chemical building blocks gave rise to longer polymers that had a capacity to self-replicate and to perform functions essential to life: namely, storing information and catalyzing chemical reactions. Quanta Magazine, "Life’s First Molecule Was Protein, Not RNA, New Model Suggests," 2 Nov. 2017 The price of polyethylene, a popular polymer, has already fallen by a third since the start of 2018. The Economist, "The inflexibility of plastic," 25 July 2019 The agents included medicines, metals, pesticides, anesthetics, asphalt, brake fluid, plastics and polymers, radiation, cleaners/disinfectants and solvents such as paints, degreasers and other chemicals. chicagotribune.com, "Women’s exposure to solvents at work tied to autism in children," 2 July 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

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The first known use of polymer was in 1866

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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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