American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- dendr- + -mer (Wiktionary)
- dendr(o)- + alteration of (pol)ymer. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“University of Michigan researcher Dr. James Baker has developed a nanoparticle called a dendrimer that is pick your metaphor either a Trojan Horse for cancer, or the hook needed to go fishing for cancer.”
“Image: A nanoscale "dendrimer" could be used to clean carcinogens from water sources.”
“Since Dr. Baker knew that cancer cells have a voracious appetite for folic-acid, he attached that vitamin to the dendrimer particle.”
“Baker links an anticancer drug to other branches of the dendrimer; when cancer cells ingest the folic acid, they consume the deadly drugs as well.”
“Each dendrimer has more than a hundred molecular "hooks" on its surface.”
“Starpharma's relationship with DNT links it into a much larger intellectual property space, as Tomalia retains many dendrimer-related patents.”
“Starpharma is also in an enviable position, holding broad-based patents on various dendrimer applications.”
“The FDA's support of VivaGel has been something of a landmark: the product is the first dendrimer to go through the FDA system.”
“Starpharma's lead product is VivaGel, a dendrimer-based microbicide gel that can be applied internally to a woman's vagina to prevent sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and genital herpes.”
“Table 4.23: Global dendrimer nanotech products market by geography ($m), 2007-14 92”
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"Any of numerous natural and synthetic compounds of usually high molecular weight consisting of up to millions of repeated linked units, each a relatively light and simple molecule."
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