Definitions

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

  • n. A molecule that can combine with others to form a polymer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A relatively small molecule which can be covalently bonded to other monomers to form a polymer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The basic conceptual building unit of a polymer; a molecule of low molecular weight which may combine with other molecules to form a molecule in a chain or branched form having high molecular weight.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a simple compound whose molecules can join together to form polymers

Etymologies

mono- + (poly)mer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
mono- + -mer (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "A fliD-deficient mutant becomes non-motile because it lacks flagellar filaments and leaks flagellin monomer out into the medium."

    Confirmation Bias and ID

  • The monomer is specific for every polymer and determines the name of the substance.

    The Nobel Prize in Physics 1991

  • The manufacturing steps for Tedlar oriented film include producing vinyl fluoride (VF) monomer, which is converted into polyvinyl fluoride (PVF) polymer resins, and extruded into the Tedlar film.

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  • The plant will be constructed within an existing Hexion manufacturing complex in Onsan to produce Cardura monomer, which is a glycidyl ester derivative of Versatic Acid 10.

    New Statesman

  • The manufacturing steps for Tedlar film include producing vinyl fluoride (VF) monomer, which is converted into polyvinyl fluoride (PVF) polymer resins, and extruded into the Tedlar film.

    Renewable Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com

  • BPA is a "monomer" that can be polymerized into polycarbonate plastic.

    TreeHugger

  • BPA is a "monomer" that is used in the chemical polymerization of polycarbonate.

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  • "This major expansion underscores our commitment to maintaining DuPont leadership in the photovoltaic industry and specifically in the backsheet materials market for manufacturing steps for Tedlar® oriented film include producing vinyl fluoride (VF) monomer, which is converted into polyvinyl fluoride (PVF) polymer resins, and extruded into the Tedlar® film.

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  • PVC production requires vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), a dangerous explosive, and creates toxic waste, notably ethylene dichloride (EDC) tars—two things no neighborhood wants.

    THE STORY OF STUFF

  • Put a million monomers together to form a polymer, and you can easily have an entity whose properties are not predictable from the properties of the monomer -- an entity with new properties of vast importance in chemistry, biology, physics, and technology.

    Dan Agin: Book Review: Giant Molecules: From Nylon to Nanotubes

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