po·​ly·​mer·​ize | \ pə-ˈli-mə-ˌrīz How to pronounce polymerize (audio) , ˈpä-lə-mə- How to pronounce polymerize (audio) \
polymerized; polymerizing

Definition of polymerize

intransitive verb

: to undergo polymerization

Examples of polymerize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over the last few decades, researchers have described how individual RNA bases can spontaneously polymerize, forming longer chains that could ultimately catalyze key chemical reactions, including building even longer RNA molecules. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Single reaction mixture can produce all four RNA bases," 4 Oct. 2019 These nets, together with other waste, are then recycled, de-polymerized and transformed into modern, ECONYL regenerated nylon. James Love, Essence, "Prada Continues Their Sustainably Efforts With Their Prada Re-Nylon Initiative With National Geographic," 1 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, when a transcription error occurs, the complex of unfinished RNA and polymerizing enzymes stalls until GreA and other transcription factors enable the removal of the incorrect nucleotide. Quanta Magazine, "Bacteria Sacrifice DNA Repair for Better RNA," 22 Nov. 2017 But time and the freeze/thaw cycle took their toll on the 2012 potato’s polymerized concrete skin. Bill Manny, idahostatesman, "New Big Idaho Potato has AC, a mashed-potato interior and cushy digs for Spuddy Buddy," 20 June 2018 The resulting monomers can then be re-polymerized into a new moldable plastic resin. National Geographic, "Evian and Loop Industries: Starting a Revolution in Plastic Recycling," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of polymerize

1865, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Polymerize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polymerize. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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variants: also British polymerise \ pə-​ˈlim-​ə-​ˌrīz How to pronounce polymerise (audio) , ˈpäl-​ə-​mə-​ How to pronounce polymerise (audio) \
polymerized also British polymerised; polymerizing also British polymerising

Medical Definition of polymerize

intransitive verb

: to undergo polymerization

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