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.

Origin of depolymerize

1
First recorded in 1890–95; de- + polymerize
  • Also especially British, de·po·lym·er·ise .

Other words from depolymerize

  • de·po·lym·er·i·za·tion, noun

Words Nearby depolymerize

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British Dictionary definitions for depolymerize

depolymerize

depolymerise

/ (diːˈpɒlɪməˌraɪz) /


verb
  1. to break (a polymer) into constituent monomers or (of a polymer) to decompose in this way

Derived forms of depolymerize

  • depolymerization or depolymerisation, noun

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