- See under polymerization(def 2).
[puh-lim-er-uh-zey-shuh n, pol-uh-mer-]
- the act or process of forming a polymer or polymeric compound.
- the combination of many like or unlike molecules to form a more complex product of higher molecular weight, with elimination of water, alcohol, or the like (condensation polymerization), or without such elimination (addition polymerization).
- the conversion of one compound into another by such a process.
Origin of polymerization
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- the act or process of forming a polymer or copolymer, esp a chemical reaction in which a polymer is formed
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Word Origin and History for addition polymerization
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- The bonding of two or more monomers to form a polymer.
- A chemical process that effects this bonding.
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