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Pronunciation: po-lim'er-i-za'shun

Definition: A reaction in which a high molecular weight product is produced by successive additions to or condensations of a simpler compound; polystyrene may be produced from styrene, or rubber from isoprene, or a polynucleotide from mononucleotides, or microtubules from tubulin.

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