unit cell

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Definition of unit cell 

: the simplest polyhedron that embodies all the structural characteristics of and by indefinite repetition makes up the lattice of a crystal

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Polymers Plastics, also called polymers, are produced by linking together small building blocks, or unit cells. National Geographic, "Plastics Explained, From A to Z," 16 May 2018

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1907, in the meaning defined above

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