- Polymer is a substance made up of a large number of smaller molecules that link together to form larger molecules.
- An example of a synthetic polymer is plastic.
- An example of a natural polymer is rubber.
Origin of polymerGerman ; from Classical Greek polymerēs, of many parts: see poly- and amp; -merous
Origin of polymerGreek polumerēs, 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 πολύς (poly, “many”) + μέρος (meros, “part”). Coined in 1833 by Jöns Jacob Berzelius, although his definition was quite different from ours.
polymer - Computer Definition
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.