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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.

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

Origin of polymerize

First recorded in 1860–65; polymer + -ize
un·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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Medical definitions for polymerize

polymerize
[ pŏlə-mə-rīz′, pə-lĭmə- ]

v.

To undergo or subject to polymerization.
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