self-assembly

noun

self-as·​sem·​bly ˌself-ə-ˈsem-blē How to pronounce self-assembly (audio)
: the process by which a complex macromolecule (such as collagen) or a supramolecular system (such as a virus) spontaneously assembles itself from its components
self-assemble intransitive verb

Examples of self-assembly in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-assembly was in 1946

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“Self-assembly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-assembly. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

self-assembly

noun
self-as·​sem·​bly -ə-ˈsem-blē How to pronounce self-assembly (audio)
plural self-assemblies
: the process by which a complex macromolecule (as collagen) or a supramolecular system (as a virus) spontaneously assembles itself from its components
self-assemble intransitive verb
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