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polymerize

[puh-lim-uh-rahyz, pol-uh-muh-] /pəˈlɪm əˌraɪz, ˈpɒl ə mə-/
verb (used with object), polymerized, polymerizing.
1.
to subject to polymerization.
verb (used without object), polymerized, polymerizing.
2.
to undergo polymerization.
Also, especially British, polymerise.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; polymer + -ize
Related forms
unpolymerized, adjective
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Examples from the web for polymerize
  • When acrylic paints dry, they polymerize, and the molecules form long chains.
  • May polymerize exothermically if heated or contaminated.
  • They polymerize in the presence of catalysts or when heated.
  • Unstabilized hydrocyanic acid may polymerize spontaneously with explosive violence.
  • The uninhibited acid will polymerize exothermically at ambient temperature and may accelerate to an explosive state if confined.
  • Nitriles may polymerize in the presence of metals and some metal compounds.
  • May nevertheless polymerize exothermically if subjected to heat for prolonged periods or if contaminated.
  • May polymerize explosively when heated or involved in a fire.
British Dictionary definitions for polymerize

polymerize

/ˈpɒlɪməˌraɪz; pəˈlɪmə-/
verb
1.
to react or cause to react to form a polymer
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Word Origin and History for polymerize
v.

1851, from polymer + -ize. Related: Polymerized; polymerizing.

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polymerize in Medicine

polymerize pol·y·mer·ize (pŏl'ə-mə-rīz', pə-lĭm'ə-)
v. pol·y·mer·ized, pol·y·mer·iz·ing, pol·y·mer·iz·es
To undergo or subject to polymerization.

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