from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A polymer in which the atoms are arranged in many branches and subbranches along a central backbone of carbon atoms. Also called cascade molecule.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any polymer or oligomer having branches of atoms strung off of a central spine
  • n. A graph formed of branches from a central core


dendr(o)- + alteration of (pol)ymer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
dendr- + -mer (Wiktionary)


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