[ foo l-uh-reen ]
/ ˈfʊl əˌrin /


any of a class of molecules of carbon having a roughly spherical shape.

Origin of fullerene

1985–90; after R. Buckminster Fuller; see -ene
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British Dictionary definitions for fullerene


/ (ˈfʊləˌriːn) /


any of various carbon molecules with a polyhedral structure similar to that of buckminsterfullerene, such as C 70, C 76, and C 84See also buckminsterfullerene

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Science definitions for fullerene


[ fulə-rēn′ ]

Any of various carbon molecules that are nearly spherical in shape, are composed of hexagonal, pentagonal, or heptagonal groups of atoms, and constitute the third form of pure carbon after diamond and graphite. See more at buckminsterfullerene.

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