a molecule of low molecular weight capable of reacting with identical or different molecules of low molecular weight to form a polymer.
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- mon·o·mer·ic [mon-uh-mer-ik], /ˌmɒn əˈmɛr ɪk/, adjective
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How to use monomer in a sentence
Her lab is figuring out how to induce microbes to convert sugar from plants into monomers that can then be chemically converted into polymers to create plastic.Building a better chemical factory—out of microbes | Leigh Buchanan | August 24, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
Piecing pure monomers back together creates plastic that’s good as new.New recycling technologies could keep more plastic out of landfills | Maria Temming | April 29, 2021 | Science News For Students
Those monomers can then be separated from dyes and other contaminants.New recycling technologies could keep more plastic out of landfills | Maria Temming | April 29, 2021 | Science News For Students
The molecules that make up plastics are called polymers, which are made of smaller monomers.Chemists are reimagining recycling to keep plastics out of landfills | Maria Temming | January 27, 2021 | Science News
Simply dunking the plastic in an acid solution with a pH of 1 or 2 is enough to break the bonds between its monomer building blocks.Chemists are reimagining recycling to keep plastics out of landfills | Maria Temming | January 27, 2021 | Science News
British Dictionary definitions for monomer
chem a compound whose molecules can join together to form a polymer
- monomeric (ˌmɒnəˈmɛrɪk), adjective
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Scientific definitions for monomer
A molecule that can combine with others of the same kind to form a polymer. Glucose molecules, for example, are monomers that can combine to form the polymer cellulose. Polymers can also be composed of different kinds of monomers.
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