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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.]
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(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]
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buck•min•ster•ful•ler•ene(ˌbʌk mɪn stərˈfʊl əˌrin)
the form of fullerene having sixty carbon atoms.
[1985; see fullerene]
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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.
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|Noun||1.||buckminsterfullerene - a spheroidal fullerene; the first known example of a fullerene|
fullerene - a form of carbon having a large molecule consisting of an empty cage of sixty or more carbon atoms
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