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A monomer is the singular unit that can join with other monomers to create complex [[Polymer|polymers]]. An example of a monomer is [[Glucose|glucose]], which can then combined to form [[Glycogen|glycogen]]. Another example may be that the [[Beta-glucose|beta-glucose]] monomer is used to form the [[Polymer|polymers]] [[Cellulose|cellulose]]. Besides that, [[Amino acids|amino acids]] is a monomer which are the basic building block for [[Protein|protein]].  
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A monomer is the singular unit that can join with other monomers to create complex [[Polymer|polymers]]. An example of a monomer is [[Glucose|glucose]], which can then combine to form [[Glycogen|glycogen]]. Another example would be the use of [[Beta-glucose|beta-glucose]] monomers in formation of the [[Polymer|polymer]] [[Cellulose|cellulose]]. Besides that, [[Amino acids|amino acids]] are monomers which are the basic building block for [[Protein|protein]].  
  
 
The word monomer is derived from the greek "mono" meaning one and "meros" meaning part. A monomer is an [[Atom|atom]] or [[Molecule|molecule]], which acts as a building block and may react chemically with other molecules of the same type (other monomers) in order to form longer chain molecules ([[Polymer|polymers]]).  
 
The word monomer is derived from the greek "mono" meaning one and "meros" meaning part. A monomer is an [[Atom|atom]] or [[Molecule|molecule]], which acts as a building block and may react chemically with other molecules of the same type (other monomers) in order to form longer chain molecules ([[Polymer|polymers]]).  

Revision as of 11:01, 22 November 2018

A monomer is the singular unit that can join with other monomers to create complex polymers. An example of a monomer is glucose, which can then combine to form glycogen. Another example would be the use of beta-glucose monomers in formation of the polymer cellulose. Besides that, amino acids are monomers which are the basic building block for protein.

The word monomer is derived from the greek "mono" meaning one and "meros" meaning part. A monomer is an atom or molecule, which acts as a building block and may react chemically with other molecules of the same type (other monomers) in order to form longer chain molecules (polymers).

A common natural example of a monomer is glucose which forms glycosidic bonds. The resulting polymers are cellulose or starch.

It should be noted that polymers of smaller molecular weights can be referred to as dimers (2 sub-units), trimers (3 sub-units) etc.[1]

References

  1. Alberts et al. Molecular Biology of the Cell (5th Edition), 2008
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