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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Cellulose, the most abundant organic polymer on earth, is a major component of plant cell walls; lignin fills the spaces in those walls, providing strength and rigidity. Javier Garcia Martinez, Scientific American, "Bioplastics Could Solve a Major Pollution Problem," 1 July 2019 The idea is to break those polymers down into individual links, or monomers. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "Closing the loop on plastic recycling?," 5 July 2018 And that single polymer certainly couldn’t be RNA, according to his team’s studies. Quanta Magazine, "The End of the RNA World Is Near, Biochemists Argue," 19 Dec. 2017 Polymer concrete is a type of concrete that uses polymers, typically resins, to replace lime-type cement as a binder. Fox News, "Researchers have discovered how to make concrete from recycled glass - by turning it back into sand," 12 June 2019 To ensure the nanoparticles targeted cancer cells and left the healthy ones alone, the team wrapped the particles in a polymer studded with antibodies that would attach to receptors associated with a specific type of cancer cell. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Nanoparticles That Zap and Kill Cancer Cells Are a Small Solution to Huge Disease," 9 Jan. 2019 That whole package is coated in a polymer that responds to changes in temperature; at around 22⁰C, the composite is a thick gel. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Tiny magnets will escort ions out of rare material from a shipwreck," 24 Aug. 2018 The team members spent a considerable amount of time designing their own battery management system for a couple of stacks of lithium polymer batteries on the pod. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Student engineers build hyperloop test pods with commercial-class top speeds," 23 July 2018 The hybrid powertrain is comprised of a 104-horsepower, 1.6-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine, a 360-volt (60-hp) electric motor and a 59-kW lithium ion polymer battery with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Kia Niro PHEV: The future of plug-and-play," 13 July 2018

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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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