addition polymerization

noun Chemistry.

Definition for addition polymerization (2 of 2)

[ puh-lim-er-uh-zey-shuh n, pol-uh-mer- ]
/ pəˌlɪm ər əˈzeɪ ʃən, ˌpɒl ə mər- /

noun Chemistry.

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

First recorded in 1875–80; polymerize + -ation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for addition polymerization



/ (pəˌlɪməraɪˈzeɪʃən, ˌpɒlɪməraɪ-) /


the act or process of forming a polymer or copolymer, esp a chemical reaction in which a polymer is formed
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Medical definitions for addition polymerization

[ pə-lĭm′ər-ĭ-zāshən, pŏlə-mər- ]


The bonding of two or more monomers to form a polymer.
A chemical process that effects this bonding.
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