[buhk-min-ster-foo l-uh-reen]


the form of fullerene having sixty carbon atoms.

Nearby words

  1. buckler,
  2. buckler fern,
  3. buckley,
  4. buckley's chance,
  5. buckling,
  6. buckner,
  7. buckner, simon bolivar,
  8. bucko,
  9. buckra,
  10. buckraking

Origin of buckminsterfullerene

First recorded in 1985; see origin at fullerene

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British Dictionary definitions for buckminsterfullerene



a form of carbon that contains molecules having 60 carbon atoms arranged at the vertices of a polyhedron with hexagonal and pentagonal faces. It is produced in carbon arcs and occurs naturally in small amounts in certain minerals
See also fullerene

Word Origin for buckminsterfullerene

C20: named after Buckminster Fuller

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Science definitions for buckminsterfullerene



An extremely stable, ball-shaped carbon molecule whose structure looks like a geodesic dome. It is believed to occur naturally in soot, and was the first fullerene to be discovered. Also called buckyball. Chemical formula: C60.
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