buckminsterfullerene

buckminsterfullerene

[buhk-min-ster-fool-uh-reen]
noun
the form of fullerene having sixty carbon atoms.

Origin:
1985; see fullerene

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buckminsterfullerene (ˌbʌkmɪnstəˈfʊləˌriːn)
 
n
a form of carbon that contains molecules having 60 carbon atoms arranged at the vertices of a polyhedron with hexagonal and pentagonal faces. It is produced in carbon arcs and occurs naturally in small amounts in certain minerals
 
[C20: named after Buckminster Fuller]

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buckminsterfullerene   (bŭk'mĭn-stər-fl'ə-rēn')  Pronunciation Key 
An extremely stable, ball-shaped carbon molecule whose structure looks like a geodesic dome. It is believed to occur naturally in soot, and was the first fullerene to be discovered. Also called buckyball. Chemical formula: C60.
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