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[mon-uh-ley-er] /ˌmɒn əˈleɪ ər/
noun, Physical Chemistry.
Origin of monolayer
First recorded in 1930-35; mono- + layer Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for monolayer


a single layer of atoms or molecules adsorbed on a surface Also called molecular film
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monolayer in Medicine

monolayer mon·o·lay·er (mŏn'ō-lā'ər)

  1. A film or layer one molecule thick formed at the interface between water and either oil or air by a substance such as a partially esterified fatty acid that contains both hydrophobic and hydrophilic groups in the same molecule.

  2. A confluent sheet of cells, one cell deep, growing on a surface in a cell culture.

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