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[mon-uh-mer] /ˈmɒn ə mər/
noun, Chemistry
a molecule of low molecular weight capable of reacting with identical or different molecules of low molecular weight to form a polymer.
1910-15; mono- + -mer
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[mon-uh-mer-ik] /ˌmɒn əˈmɛr ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for monomers
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for monomers


(chem) a compound whose molecules can join together to form a polymer
Derived Forms
monomeric (ˌmɒnəˈmɛrɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for monomers



1914, from mono- + Greek meros "part" (see merit (n.)). Related: Monomerous.

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monomers in Medicine

monomer mon·o·mer (mŏn'ə-mər)

  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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monomers in Science
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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