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Pronunciation: di'mer

Definition: A compound or unit produced by the combination of two like molecules; in the strictest sense, this occurs without the loss of atoms (thus, nitrogen tetroxide, N2O4, is the dimer of nitrogen dioxide, NO2), but usually by elimination of H2O or a similar small molecule between the two (a disaccharide), or by simple noncovalent association (as of two identical protein molecules); higher orders of complexity are called trimers, tetramers, oligomers, and polymers.

[G. di-, two, + -mer]

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