Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive & transitive verb To undergo or subject to polymerization.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To combine or cause to combine so as to form polymerides. Also spelled polymerise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb (Chem.) To cause polymerization of; to produce polymers from; to increase the molecular weight of, without changing the atomic proportions; thus, certain acids polymerize aldehyde.
  • intransitive verb (Chem.) To change into another substance having the same atomic proportions, but a higher molecular weight; to undergo polymerization; thus, aldehyde polymerizes in forming paraldehyde.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive, chemistry to convert a monomer to a polymer by polymerization
  • verb intransitive, chemistry to undergo polymerization

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

  • verb cause (a compound) to polymerize
  • verb undergo polymerization

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

polymer +‎ -ize

Examples

  • I imagined how two chemical units could be knitted together—polymerize—to form sequences.

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  • Rings with nitrogen become RNA, which can polymerize to the extent that some of them can catalyze themselves, and other molecules.

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  • The monomers in its vapors polymerize in the presence of water, amines, amides, hydroxyl, and carboxylic acid—all of which happen to be found in the oils left by fingerprints.

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  • The imprints of Carboniferous ferns, horsetails, and club mosses, insects in amber, the barely perceptible bas-relief of a mollusk, cliffs colored by coccolithophorid shells, even the hydrocarbon relics of ancient plant life that humans so casually burn and polymerize — all these bear mute testimony to worlds long past.

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  • While waiting for RNA/DNA to polymerize out of 'the soup' into a comprehensible code there is no NS whatsoever.

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  • The imprints of Carboniferous ferns, horsetails, and club mosses, insects in amber, the barely perceptible bas-relief of a mollusk, cliffs colored by coccolithophorid shells, even the hydrocarbon relics of ancient plant life that humans so casually burn and polymerize — all these bear mute testimony to worlds long past.

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  • When Fox tried to polymerize even non-racemic amino acids, he ended up making them racemic through his polymerization process.

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  • That may sound like your usual creationist argument, but you have to manufacture the nucleotides and then polymerize them.

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  • And the combination of heat, metal, and air oxidizes the fatty acid chains and encourages them to bond to each other (“polymerize”) to form a dense, hard, dry layer (just as linseed and other “drying oils” do on wood and on paintings).

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  • And the combination of heat, metal, and air oxidizes the fatty acid chains and encourages them to bond to each other (“polymerize”) to form a dense, hard, dry layer (just as linseed and other “drying oils” do on wood and on paintings).

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