[puh-lim-er-uh-zey-shuhn, pol-uh-mer-]
noun Chemistry.
the act or process of forming a polymer or polymeric compound.
the combination of many like or unlike molecules to form a more complex product of higher molecular weight, with elimination of water, alcohol, or the like (condensation polymerization) or without such elimination (addition polymerization)
the conversion of one compound into another by such a process.

1875–80; polymerize + -ation

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polymerization or polymerisation (pəˌlɪməraɪˈzeɪʃən, ˌpɒlɪməraɪ-, pəˌlɪməraɪˈzeɪʃən, ˌpɒlɪməraɪ-)
the act or process of forming a polymer or copolymer, esp a chemical reaction in which a polymer is formed
polymerisation or polymerisation

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polymerization po·lym·er·i·za·tion (pə-lĭm'ər-ĭ-zā'shən, pŏl'ə-mər-)

  1. The bonding of two or more monomers to form a polymer.

  2. A chemical process that effects this bonding.

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Example sentences
It had solidified into a smooth, slippery white powder as the result of its molecules bonding, a process known as polymerization.
Using a glazing medium for acrylic can mitigate the effects of this, and it will help preserve the polymerization.
Then radiation polymerization, grafting, and crosslinking by e-beam or gamma sterilization.
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