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According to IUPAC recommendations the term macromolecule is reserved for an individual molecule, and the term polymer is used as to denote a substance composed of macromolecules. Polymer may also be employed unambiguously as an adjective, according to accepted usage, e.g. polymer blend, polymer molecule.
The reasons are as follows:
- The sentences are lifted verbatim from a 1996 IUPAC report. The citation is not noted in quotations and may constitute plagiarism. Original Source
- The IUPAC recommendation appears to be an attempt to disambiguate the usage of the term polymeramong polymer scientists. The full report (here) suggests that the terms macromolecules and polymer molecule are indistinguishable. This may be true for the narrow purview of polymer science but ignores the well-established practice of describing large biologicall molecules (such as proteins, which are rarely described as polymers) or lipids (definitely not polymers) as macromolecules.
That being said, the referenced IUPAC report has some valuable information which should be added in future revisions to the article. Irene Ringworm 18:59, 23 February 2007 (UTC)
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The DNA,_RNA_and_proteins:_The_three_essential_macromolecules_of_life page is an in depth discussion of DNA, RNA and protein and the main Macromolecule page is pretty short.
- Merge - I think they could sensibly be combined if the synthetic macromolecule section was also expanded to balance the influx of biological information. The DNA, RNA, protein page has far fewer visits but currently the more useful information. T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 00:55, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
- IUPAC definition Link