- a molecule of low molecular weight capable of reacting with identical or different molecules of low molecular weight to form a polymer.
Origin of monomer
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- chem a compound whose molecules can join together to form a polymer
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Word Origin and History for monomer
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- The molecular unit that joins with similar units to form a polymer.
- The protein structural unit of a virion capsid.
- The subunit of a protein composed of several such units loosely associated with one another.
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- A molecule that can combine with others of the same kind to form a polymer. Glucose molecules, for example, are monomers that can combine to form the polymer cellulose. Polymers can also be composed of different kinds of monomers.
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