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

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There are many natural polymers, including shellac, cellulose, and rubber. But synthetic polymers only came into being around 1870 with Celluloid, known especially for its use in photographic film. After many decades of development, the polymeric compounds now include polypropylene, used in milk crates, luggage, and hinges; polyurethane, used in paints, adhesives, molded items, rubbers, and foams; and polyvinyl chloride (PVC), used to make pipes that won't rust. And let's not forget polyester, which gave us a lot of uncool clothing in the 1970s but whose strength and resistance to corrosion have ensured that it remains an extremely useful material for all kinds of goods.

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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noun poly·mer \ˈpä-lə-mər\

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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