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[koh-pol-uh-mer] /koʊˈpɒl ə mər/
a chemical compound of high molecular weight produced by polymerizing two or more different monomers together.
1935-40; co- + polymer Unabridged
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  • copolymerization refers to methods used to chemically synthesize a copolymer.
  • A terpolymer is a copolymer consisting of three distinct monomers.
British Dictionary definitions for copolymer


a chemical compound of high molecular weight formed by uniting the molecules of two or more different compounds (monomers) Compare polymer, oligomer
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copolymer in Science
A polymer of two or more different monomers. The synthetic rubber used to make tire treads and shoe soles, for example, is a copolymer made of the monomers butadiene and styrene.
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Encyclopedia Article for copolymer

any of a diverse class of substances of high molecular weight prepared by chemical combination, usually into long chains, of molecules of two or more simple compounds (the monomers forming the polymer). The structural units derived from the different monomers may be present in regular alternation or in random order, or strings of several units of one kind may alternate with strings of another.

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