polymerize

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

polymerize

polymerise

/ (ˈpɒlɪməˌraɪz, pəˈlɪmə-) /

verb

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

polymerize


v.

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

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Medicine definitions for polymerize

polymerize

[ pŏlə-mə-rīz′, pə-lĭmə- ]

v.

To undergo or subject to polymerization.
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