[ dee-puh-lim-uh-rahyz, dee-pol-uh-muh- ]
/ ˌdi pəˈlɪm əˌraɪz, diˈpɒl ə mə- /
verb (used with object), de·po·lym·er·ized, de·po·lym·er·iz·ing.Chemistry.
to break down (a polymer) into monomers.
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Also especially British, de·po·lym·er·ise .
OTHER WORDS FROM depolymerizede·po·lym·er·i·za·tion, noun
Words nearby depolymerize
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British Dictionary definitions for depolymerize
/ (diːˈpɒlɪməˌraɪz) /
to break (a polymer) into constituent monomers or (of a polymer) to decompose in this way
Derived forms of depolymerizedepolymerization or depolymerisation, noun
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