Definition of copolymerize in English:

copolymerize

(also copolymerise)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]Chemistry
  • Polymerize together to form a copolymer.

    ‘these fibres have small amounts of chloroethene copolymerized with the propenenitrile’
    [no object] ‘two different monomers are caused to copolymerize’
    • ‘When copolymerized with butyl acrylate it makes an excellent interior flat paint.’
    • ‘In this study, we show that TMR-actin perturbs the filaments structure when copolymerized with unlabeled actin; the resulting filaments are more fragile and shorter than the control filaments.’
    • ‘We had noted the same effect in a previous study, where a modified Rh6G dye molecule was copolymerized with methacrylic monomers, resulting in a laser material with considerably augmented photostability.’

Pronunciation:

copolymerize

/kəʊˈpɒlɪmərʌɪz/