polymerization

noun
po·​ly·​mer·​i·​za·​tion | \pə-ˌli-mə-rə-ˈzā-shən, ˌpä-lə-mə-rə- \

Definition of polymerization 

1 : a chemical reaction in which two or more molecules combine to form larger molecules that contain repeating structural units — compare association sense 5

2 : reduplication of parts in an organism

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Setting other work aside, Plunkett began testing the possibilities of polytetrafluoroethylene, eventually figuring out how to reproduce the polymerization process that had occurred accidentally the first time. Tony Long, WIRED, "April 6, 1938: Teflon, an Invention That Sticks," 6 Apr. 2009

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First Known Use of polymerization

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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polymerization

noun
po·​ly·​mer·​iza·​tion
variants: also British polymerisation \pə-​ˌlim-​ə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən, ˌpäl-​ə-​mə-​rə-​ \

Medical Definition of polymerization 

1 : a chemical reaction in which two or more small molecules combine to form larger molecules that contain repeating structural units of the original molecules — compare association sense 4

2 : reduplication of parts in an organism

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