Definition of monomer in English:

monomer

noun

Chemistry
  • A molecule that can be bonded to other identical molecules to form a polymer.

    • ‘It is produced through a free radical polymerization reaction of styrene monomers.’
    • ‘Addition polymerization reactions use free radical monomers to produce polymers.’
    • ‘Sodium polyacrylate is a polymer containing many acrylate monomers connected end-to-end in a large chain.’
    • ‘What Blackmond realised was that it was the dimers, not the monomers, that were catalytically active, and only the heterochiral dimer was not active.’
    • ‘The monomer, ethene or ethylene, is obtained in large quantities from the cracking of petroleum.’

Pronunciation:

monomer

/ˈmänəmər/