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polymerization the act of forming a polymer. [2 definitions]
polymerize to subject to or undergo the process of forming a polymer.
polymerous in biology, having many parts.
polymorphic see polymorphous.
polymorphous having or passing through a variety of forms, stages, phases, or the like.
Polynesia one of the three principal Pacific island groups, east of the international date line. (Cf. Melanesia, Micronesia.)
Polynesian of or pertaining to Polynesia or its people, cultures, languages, or the like. [3 definitions]
polynomial of, relating to, or consisting of more than two names or terms. [2 definitions]
polyp an aquatic invertebrate, usu. sedentary or fixed in place, with a tubular body and a mouth surrounded by tentacles. [2 definitions]
polypeptide a condensation of amino acids that forms a protein molecule.
polypetalous bearing distinctly separate petals; not having a fused corolla.
Polyphemos in Greek mythology, the Cyclops son of Poseidon who was blinded by Odysseus. [2 definitions]
polyphemus moth (sometimes cap.) a large yellowish brown North American moth that has an eyelike spot on each hind wing.
polyphonic in music, having or consisting of many different sounds or voices.
polyphony a musical composition with two or more voices; counterpoint.
polypropylene a resin formed by the polymerization of propylene that is used in the manufacture of plastics.
polysaccharide a carbohydrate such as starch or cellulose that contains molecules with specific combinations and concentrations of simple sugars.
polysemous having more than one related meaning.
polysemy the quality of having more than one related meaning.
polysome a cluster of ribosomes along a heavily translated sequence of messenger RNA making protein in a cell; polyribosome.
polystyrene a hard, clear plastic or rigid foam that can be molded for structural applications.