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what are some examples of a monomer?

Seriously, one cannot explain one concept in terms of more advanced concepts.

It seems that one could define a monomer only in relation to a polymer that is made out of it… otherwise, in all other respects, it's just a regular chemical compound, generally. So, the monomer is a more advanced concept than the polymer. - (talk) — Preceding undated comment added 17:35, 8 July 2015 (UTC)


Sorry, but neither must a monomer be a small molecule nor must the monomers in oligo- or multimers be chemically bonded to each other. I would think that DNA would be a very good counter example to the definition given. Halx (talk) 11:18, 30 October 2009 (UTC)

In agreement with the above; even the examples given in the article are weak as the repeating subunit (or monomer) of cellulose is the disaccharide cellobiose, not glucose. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jockey49 (talkcontribs) 11:31, 31 January 2011 (UTC)

  • Amino acids are natural monomers that polymerize at ribosomes to form proteins.
Anybody ever tried to polymerize "(natural monomer) amino acids" at ribosomes? Doesn't work. :-) GEEZERnil nisi bene 08:42, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

Surprize? no water?[edit]

“and is over 77% of the mass of all plant matter” — so, the plants have almost no water? really? Could you write into the article the statistics for plant water as well, for comparison? - (talk) 17:30, 8 July 2015 (UTC)

The cited source did not support that claim, so I removed it. I couldn't find a source for what proportion of plant matter is glucose, but Cellulose has some statistics that may be of interest. Adrian J. Hunter(talkcontribs) 11:57, 11 July 2015 (UTC)

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Rated "top" as highschool/SAT biology concept. - tameeria 20:00, 28 April 2007 (UTC)

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Focus almost entirely on biopolymers[edit]

I added a section talking about industrial polymers, since the article seemed almost entirely focused on biopolymers. Hermanoere (talk) 19:04, 3 May 2016 (UTC)