Buckyball meaning

bŭk'ē-bôl'
A molecule of carbon expected to have use in a variety of applications, especially in medicine and the treatment of cancer. Buckyballs are also used as a building block for many experimental materials. Known as "Fullerines" because the 60 atoms that make up their spherical molecule resemble Buckminster Fuller's geodesic domes, Buckyballs are lighter than plastic and stronger than steel. They also conduct heat and electricity. In 1985, Buckyballs were identified by three scientists who later received a Nobel Prize for the discovery. See nanotube and nanotechnology. See also Bucky Bit.
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(chemistry, informal) A buckminsterfullerene molecule (C60).
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By extension, the most common types of spheroidal fullernes, C60 and C70 usually, with additionally C72 and C76 also included at times.
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By extension, any spheroidal fullerene, from C20 on upwards.
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Origin of buckyball

  • Shortening and alteration of buckminsterfullerene ball
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Blend of buckminsterfullerene and ball, used as an abbreviation for buckminsterfullerene
    From Wiktionary