[ dahy-mer ]
/ ˈdaɪ mər /

noun Chemistry.

a molecule composed of two identical, simpler molecules.
a polymer derived from two identical monomers.

Nearby words

  1. dimension lumber,
  2. dimension stone,
  3. dimensional,
  4. dimensional analysis,
  5. dimensionless number,
  6. dimercaprol,
  7. dimeric,
  8. dimerize,
  9. dimerous,
  10. dimeter

Compare oligomer.

Origin of dimer

First recorded in 1905–10; di-1 + -mer

Related formsdi·mer·ic [dahy-mer-ik] /daɪˈmɛr ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for dimer


/ (ˈdaɪmə) /


  1. a molecule composed of two identical simpler molecules (monomers)
  2. a compound consisting of dimers

Word Origin for dimer

C20: from di- 1 + -mer

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Medicine definitions for dimer


[ dīmər ]


A molecule consisting of two identical simpler molecules.
A chemical compound consisting of such molecules.
Related formsdi•meric (dī-mĕrĭk) adj.

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Science definitions for dimer


[ dīmər ]

Any of various chemical compounds made of two smaller identical or similar molecules (called monomers) that are linked together. Dimers are linked by hydrogen bonds, coordinate bonds, or covalent bonds. Sucrose is a dimer composed of the monomers glucose and fructose.
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