a polymer molecule consisting of a small number of monomers.
Origin of oligomer
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Word Origin for oligomer
C20: from oligo- + -mer, as in polymer
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A molecule that consists of a relatively small and specifiable number of monomers (usually less than five). Unlike a polymer, if one of the monomers is removed from an oligomer, its chemical properties are altered.
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