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depolymerize

[dee-puh-lim-uh-rahyz, dee-pol-uh-muh-]
verb (used with object), de·po·lym·er·ized, de·po·lym·er·iz·ing. Chemistry.
  1. to break down (a polymer) into monomers.
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Also especially British, de·po·lym·er·ise.

Origin of depolymerize

First recorded in 1890–95; de- + polymerize
Related formsde·po·lym·er·i·za·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for depolymerize

depolymerize

depolymerise

verb
  1. to break (a polymer) into constituent monomers or (of a polymer) to decompose in this way
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Derived Formsdepolymerization or depolymerisation, noun
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