WORD ORIGIN noun . Chemistry a very large molecule, as a colloidal particle, protein, or especially a polymer, composed of hundreds or thousands of atoms. Related forms mac·ro·mo·lec·u·lar , [mak-roh-m uh- lek-y uh-ler] /ˌmæk roʊ məˈlɛk yə lər/ adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for macromolecule noun any very large molecule, such as a protein or synthetic polymer Derived Forms macromolecular ( ˌmækrəʊməˈlɛkjʊlə), adjective
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macro- + molecule. Apparently coined in "On Macro-molecules, with the Determinations of the Form of Some of Them," by Anglo-Irish physicist G. Johnstone Stoney (1826–1911). Originally of crystals. Meaning "molecule composed of many atoms" is from 1935, from German makromolekul (1922). Related: Macromolecular.
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macromolecule in Medicine macromolecule [măk′rō-mŏl ′ĭ-kyōōl′] n. A very large molecule, such as a protein, consisting of many smaller structural units linked together.
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A large molecule, such as a protein, consisting of many smaller molecules linked together.
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