po·​ly·​mer·​i·​za·​tion | \ pə-ˌli-mə-rə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce polymerization (audio) , ˌpä-lə-mə-rə- How to pronounce polymerization (audio) \

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

Examples of polymerization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alkaline conditions are usually needed to realize the polymerization of dopamine, so it cannot be applied to materials that are unstable under alkaline conditions. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Mussels’ Sticky Threads Could Inspire Ways to Clean Up Oil Spills, Purify Water and More," 13 July 2019 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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The first known use of polymerization was in 1870

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“Polymerization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polymerization. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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variants: also British polymerisation \ pə-​ˌlim-​ə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce polymerisation (audio) , ˌpäl-​ə-​mə-​rə-​ How to pronounce polymerisation (audio) \

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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