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buckminsterfullerene

[buhk-min-ster-foo l-uh-reen] /ˌbʌk mɪn stərˈfʊl əˌrin/
noun
1.
the form of fullerene having sixty carbon atoms.
Origin
1985
1985; see fullerene
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buckminsterfullerene

/ˌbʌkmɪnstəˈfʊləˌriːn/
noun
1.
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
See also fullerene
Word Origin
C20: named after Buckminster Fuller
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buckminsterfullerene in Science
buckminsterfullerene
  (bŭk'mĭn-stər-fl'ə-rēn')   
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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