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macromolecule

[mak-ruh-mol-uh-kyool] /ˌmæk rəˈmɒl əˌkyul/
noun, Chemistry
1.
a very large molecule, as a colloidal particle, protein, or especially a polymer, composed of hundreds or thousands of atoms.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; macro- + molecule
Related forms
macromolecular
[mak-roh-muh-lek-yuh-ler] /ˌmæk roʊ məˈlɛk yə lər/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for macromolecule

macromolecule

/ˌmækrəʊˈmɒlɪˌkjuːl/
noun
1.
any very large molecule, such as a protein or synthetic polymer
Derived Forms
macromolecular (ˌmækrəʊməˈlɛkjʊlə) adjective
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Word Origin and History for macromolecule

1886, from macro- + molecule. Apparently coined in "On Macro-molecules, with the Determinations of the Form of Some of Them," by Anglo-Irish physicist G. Johnstone Stoney (1826–1911). Originally of crystals. Meaning "molecule composed of many atoms" is from 1935, from German makromolekul (1922). Related: Macromolecular.

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macromolecule in Medicine

macromolecule mac·ro·mol·e·cule (māk'rō-mŏl'ĭ-kyōōl')
n.
A very large molecule, such as a protein, consisting of many smaller structural units linked together.

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macromolecule in Science
macromolecule
  (māk'rō-mŏl'ĭ-kyl')   
A large molecule, such as a protein, consisting of many smaller molecules linked together.
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