[pol-uh-muh-reys, -reyz] /ˈpɒl ə məˌreɪs, -ˌreɪz/
any of several enzymes that catalyze the formation of a long-chain molecule by linking smaller molecular units, as nucleotides with nucleic acids.
any enzyme that catalyses the synthesis of a polymer, esp the synthesis of DNA or RNA
1866, coined by Berzelius (1830) from Greek polymeres “having many parts” (see polymer).
polymerase pol·y·mer·ase (pŏl’ə-mə-rās’, -rāz’)
Any of various enzymes that catalyze polymerization, especially those that catalyze the synthesis of polynucleotides of DNA or RNA using an existing strand of DNA or RNA as a template.
Any of various enzymes, such as DNA polymerase, RNA polymerase, or reverse transcriptase, that catalyze the formation of sequences of DNA or RNA using an existing strand of DNA or RNA as a template.
- Polymer fume fever
polymer fume fever n. A condition marked by fever, pain in the chest, and cough caused by the inhalation of fumes given off by the plastic polytetrafluorethylene when heated.
polymeria pol·y·me·ri·a (pŏl’ə-mēr’ē-ə) n. An excessive number of parts, limbs, or organs of the body.
[pol-uh-mer-ik] /ˌpɒl əˈmɛr ɪk/ adjective, Chemistry. 1. of or relating to a . 2. (of compounds) having the same elements combined in the same proportion but different molecular weights. /ˌpɒlɪˈmɛrɪk/ adjective 1. of, concerned with, or being a polymer: a polymeric compound adj. 1829, from polymer + -ic. polymeric pol·y·mer·ic (pŏl’ə-měr’ĭk) adj.
[puh-lim-uh-rahyz, pol-uh-muh-] /pəˈlɪm əˌraɪz, ˈpɒl ə mə-/ Chemistry verb (used with object), polymerized, polymerizing. 1. to subject to . verb (used without object), polymerized, polymerizing. 2. to undergo . /ˈpɒlɪməˌraɪz; pəˈlɪmə-/ verb 1. to react or cause to react to form a polymer v. 1851, from polymer + -ize. Related: Polymerized; polymerizing. polymerize pol·y·mer·ize (pŏl’ə-mə-rīz’, […]