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 (bŭk′ē-to͞ob′, -tyo͞ob′)
A fullerene nanotube.

[Shortening and alteration of buckminsterfullerene + tube.]
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(Elements & Compounds) informal a tube of carbon atoms structurally similar to buckminsterfullerene
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