monomer

[mon-uh-mer]
noun Chemistry.
a molecule of low molecular weight capable of reacting with identical or different molecules of low molecular weight to form a polymer.

Origin:
1910–15; mono- + -mer

monomeric [mon-uh-mer-ik] , adjective
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monomer (ˈmɒnəmə)
 
n
chem a compound whose molecules can join together to form a polymer
 
monomeric
 
adj

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monomer mon·o·mer (mŏn'ə-mər)
n.

  1. The molecular unit that joins with similar units to form a polymer.

  2. The protein structural unit of a virion capsid.

  3. The subunit of a protein composed of several such units loosely associated with one another.

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monomer   (mŏn'ə-mər)  Pronunciation Key 
A molecule that can combine with others of the same kind to form a polymer. Glucose molecules, for example, are monomers that can combine to form the polymer cellulose. Polymers can also be composed of different kinds of monomers.
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Example sentences
At the bright points in the pattern, the monomers link up and form a complex network of polymer.
Plastics and their kin, synthetic fabrics, are made of polymers: long-chain molecules made of repeating links known as monomers.
Small molecules called monomers link up in chains and webs to form polymers.
He knew how simple organic molecules, or monomers, could string themselves together into giant chains.
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