depolymerize
verb Date: circa 1909 transitive verb to decompose (macromolecules) into simpler compounds (as monomers) intransitive verb to undergo decomposition into simpler compounds • depolymerization noun

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  • depolymerize — (Amer.) v. (Chemistry) break down a polymer into monomers (also depolymerise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • depolymerize — depolymerization, n. /dee peuh lim euh ruyz , dee pol euh meuh /, v.t., depolymerized, depolymerizing. Chem. to break down (a polymer) into monomers. Also, esp. Brit., depolymerise. [1890 95; DE + POLYMERIZE] * * * …   Universalium

  • depolymerize — verb To decompose a polymer into smaller fragments See Also: depolymerization, polymerize …   Wiktionary

  • depolymerize — de·po·ly·mer·ize or Brit de·po·ly·mer·ise ( )dē pə lim ə .rīz, päl ə mə vb, ized or Brit ised; iz·ing or Brit is·ing vt to decompose (macromolecules) into relatively simple compounds (as monomers) <depolymerized nucleic acids> vi to undergo …   Medical dictionary

  • depolymerize — or depolymerise di: pɒlɪmərʌɪz verb Chemistry break (a polymer) down into smaller units. Derivatives depolymerization noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • depolymerize — de·polymerize …   English syllables

  • depolymerize — de•po•lym•er•ize [[t]ˌdi pəˈlɪm əˌraɪz, diˈpɒl ə mə [/t]] v. t. ized, iz•ing chem. to break down (a polymer) into monomers • Etymology: 1890–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • depolymerize — v.tr. & intr. (also ise) Chem. break down into monomers or other smaller units. Derivatives: depolymerization n …   Useful english dictionary

  • depolymerized — depolymerize (Amer.) v. (Chemistry) break down a polymer into monomers (also depolymerise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • depolymerizes — depolymerize (Amer.) v. (Chemistry) break down a polymer into monomers (also depolymerise) …   English contemporary dictionary

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