A polymer in which the atoms are arranged in many branches and subbranches along a central backbone of carbon atoms, usually extending from a central atom or ring of atoms.
A large, synthetically produced polymer in which the atoms are arranged in many branches and subbranches radiating out from a central core. Dendrimers are being investigated for possible uses in nanotechnology, gene therapy, and other fields.
Origin of dendrimer
- dendr(o)– alteration of (pol)ymer
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- dendr- +"Ž -mer