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1. Polymer: elastomer.
2. Isomer: epimer.
[German, -mer (as in Polymer, polymer Isomer, isomer) and French -mère, both from Greek meros, part; see (s)mer- in Indo-European roots.]
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suffix forming nouns
(Chemistry) chem denoting a substance of a particular class: monomer; polymer.
[from Greek meros part]
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a combining form used in the names of classes of molecules, chemical compounds, etc., that exhibit the feature specified by the initial element: elastomer; monomer.
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