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An extremely stable, ball-shaped carbon molecule, C60, reminiscent of a geodesic dome, and believed to occur naturally in soot. It was the first fullerene to be discovered. Also called buckyball.
[After Richard Buckminster Fuller.]
(Elements & Compounds) a form of carbon that contains molecules having 60 carbon atoms arranged at the vertices of a polyhedron with hexagonal and pentagonal faces. It is produced in carbon arcs and occurs naturally in small amounts in certain minerals
[C20: named after Buckminster Fuller]
buck•min•ster•ful•ler•ene(ˌbʌk mɪn stərˈfʊl əˌrin)
the form of fullerene having sixty carbon atoms.
[1985; see fullerene]
An extremely stable, ball-shaped carbon molecule, C60, whose structure looks like a geodesic dome. It is believed to occur naturally in soot. Also called buckyball. See Note at carbon.