[uh-lig-uh-mer] /əˈlɪg ə mər/

noun, Chemistry.
a polymer molecule consisting of a small number of monomers.
a compound of relatively low molecular weight containing up to five monomer units Compare polymer, copolymer
A molecule that consists of a relatively small and specifiable number of monomers (usually less than five). Unlike a polymer, if one of the monomers is removed from an oligomer, its chemical properties are altered.


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