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polymerize

[puh-lim-uh-rahyz, pol-uh-muh-]Chemistry
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verb (used with object), po·lym·er·ized, po·lym·er·iz·ing.
  1. to subject to polymerization.
verb (used without object), po·lym·er·ized, po·lym·er·iz·ing.
  1. to undergo polymerization.
Also especially British, po·lym·er·ise.

Origin of polymerize

First recorded in 1860–65; polymer + -ize
Related formsun·po·lym·er·ized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for polymerize

Historical Examples

  • A drawback particularly associated with ethylene 45 oxide is its tendency to polymerize during storage.

    U.S. Patent 4,293,314: Gelled Fuel-Air Explosive

    Bertram O. Stull


British Dictionary definitions for polymerize

polymerize

polymerise

verb
  1. to react or cause to react to form a polymer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for polymerize

v.

1851, from polymer + -ize. Related: Polymerized; polymerizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

polymerize in Medicine

polymerize

([object Object])
v.
  1. To undergo or subject to polymerization.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

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