Definition of dimerize in US English:



[no object]Chemistry
  • Combine with a similar molecule to form a dimer.

    ‘ClO dimerizes to form Cl₂O₂’
    • ‘Sulfonated phthalocyanines are well known to dimerize in aqueous solution.’
    • ‘On storage, the enzyme dimerizes due to disulfide formation.’
    • ‘It prevents the protein from dimerizing or from binding to its DNA target sites.’
    • ‘Most of the free probe had dimerized via disulfide bond cross-linking, yielding a spectrum with five lines and alternating linewidths.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the viologen radical cation has a tendency to dimerize in a polar solution because of the poor hydrophilicity.’