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noun Chemistry.
  1. a molecule composed of two identical, simpler molecules.
  2. a polymer derived from two identical monomers.
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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


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

C20: from di- 1 + -mer
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dimer in Medicine


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


  1. 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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