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adjective Chemistry.
  1. of or relating to a polymer.
  2. (of compounds) having the same elements combined in the same proportion but different molecular weights.
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Origin of polymeric

First recorded in 1840–50; polymer + -ic
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Historical Examples of polymeric

  • The substance investigated was acetaldehyde, C2H4O, in its relation to paraldehyde, a polymeric modification.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 8


British Dictionary definitions for polymeric


  1. of, concerned with, or being a polymera polymeric compound
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Word Origin for polymeric

C19: from Greek polumerēs having many parts
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Word Origin and History for polymeric


1829, from polymer + -ic.

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polymeric in Medicine


  1. Having the properties of a polymer.
  2. Of or relating to polymeria.
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