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Dimer

Definition
noun, plural: dimers
A chemical compound composed of two identical or similar (not necessarily identical) subunits or monomers.
verb
To come together (of two similar subunits) to form a chemical compound.
Supplement
Dimers are linked together by a chemical bond. They may be heterodimers or homodimers depending on the nature of subunits forming a compound.
Word origin: Ancient Greek dis (twice) + Ancient Greek meros (part)
Compare:

  • monomer
  • trimer

See also:

  • dimerization
  • Related form(s):

    Mentioned in:

  • D-dimer test
  • Monomer


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