polymerize

[ puh-lim-uh-rahyz, pol-uh-muh- ]
/ pəˈlɪm əˌraɪz, ˈpɒl ə mə- /
Chemistry

verb (used with object), po·lym·er·ized, po·lym·er·iz·ing.

to subject to polymerization.

verb (used without object), po·lym·er·ized, po·lym·er·iz·ing.

to undergo polymerization.

Nearby words

  1. polymerase,
  2. polymeria,
  3. polymeric,
  4. polymerism,
  5. polymerization,
  6. polymerous,
  7. polymethyl methacrylate,
  8. polymorph,
  9. polymorphic function,
  10. polymorphic reticulosis

Also especially British, po·lym·er·ise.

Origin of polymerize

First recorded in 1860–65; polymer + -ize

Related formsun·po·lym·er·ized, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for polymerise

polymerize

polymerise

/ (ˈpɒlɪməˌraɪz, pəˈlɪmə-) /

verb

to react or cause to react to form a polymer
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Word Origin and History for polymerise

polymerize

v.

1851, from polymer + -ize. Related: Polymerized; polymerizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for polymerise

polymerize

[ pŏlə-mə-rīz′, pə-lĭmə- ]

v.

To undergo or subject to polymerization.

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