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buckminsterfullerene

[buhk-min-ster-foo l-uh-reen]
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noun
  1. the form of fullerene having sixty carbon atoms.

Origin of buckminsterfullerene

First recorded in 1985; see origin at fullerene
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British Dictionary definitions for buckminsterfullerene

buckminsterfullerene

noun
  1. a form of carbon that contains molecules having 60 carbon atoms arranged at the vertices of a polyhedron with hexagonal and pentagonal faces. It is produced in carbon arcs and occurs naturally in small amounts in certain minerals
See also fullerene

Word Origin

C20: named after Buckminster Fuller
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buckminsterfullerene in Science

buckminsterfullerene

[bŭk′mĭn-stər-fulə-rēn′]
  1. An extremely stable, ball-shaped carbon molecule whose structure looks like a geodesic dome. It is believed to occur naturally in soot, and was the first fullerene to be discovered. Also called buckyball. Chemical formula: C60.
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