- An example of a synthetic polymer is plastic.
- An example of a natural polymer is rubber.
Origin of polymerGerman ; from Classical Greek polymer?s, of many parts: see poly- and amp; -merous
Origin of polymerGreek polumer&emacron;s, consisting of many parts : polu-, poly- + meros, part; see (s)mer-2 in Indo-European roots.
- (organic chemistry) A long or larger molecule consisting of a chain or network of many repeating units, formed by chemically bonding together many identical or similar small molecules called monomers. A polymer is formed by polymerization, the joining of many monomer molecules.
- A material consisting of such polymer molecules.
From Ancient Greek Ï€Î¿Î»ÏÏ‚ (poly, “many") + Î¼ÎÏÎ¿Ï‚ (meros, “part"). Coined in 1833 by JÃ¶ns Jacob Berzelius, although his definition was quite different from ours.
polymer - Computer Definition
(1) Meaning "many parts," it is a material constructed of smaller molecules of the same substance that form larger molecules. For example, plastic is a synthetic polymer, while protein is a natural polymer. See polymer semiconductor.