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polymerize

[puh-lim-uh-rahyz, pol-uh-muh-] /pəˈlɪm əˌraɪz, ˈpɒl ə mə-/ Chemistry
verb (used with object), polymerized, polymerizing.
1.
to subject to polymerization.
verb (used without object), polymerized, polymerizing.
2.
to undergo polymerization.
Also, especially British, polymerise.
Origin of polymerize
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65; polymer + -ize
Related forms
unpolymerized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for polymerizes

polymerize

/ˈpɒlɪməˌraɪz; pəˈlɪmə-/
verb
1.
to react or cause to react to form a polymer
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Word Origin and History for polymerizes

polymerize

v.

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

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polymerizes in Medicine

polymerize pol·y·mer·ize (pŏl'ə-mə-rīz', pə-lĭm'ə-)
v. pol·y·mer·ized, pol·y·mer·iz·ing, pol·y·mer·iz·es
To undergo or subject to polymerization.

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