Monomers

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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 which 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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