Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch

Biopolymer

  • Jan W. Gooch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_1318

\bī-ō-pä-lә-mәr\ n (1961) (1) A copolymer in which there is irregularity with regard to the placement (relative locations within the polymer chain, in a linear copolymer) of two or three or more chemically different types of units. These units may be mers, in a product of addition polymerization, or residues of the condensing small molecules in a polycondensate. (2) A polymer produced by living organisms, such as cellulose, natural rubber, silk, rosin, and leather.

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  • Jan W. Gooch
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  1. 1.AtlantaUSA