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noun, plural: biopolymers

A polymeric compound produced by a living organism.


Starch, proteins and peptides]], DNA, and RNA are all examples of biopolymers, in which the monomer units, respectively, are sugars, amino acids, and nucleotides.

Word origin: bio- + Greek polumerēs, consisting of many parts : polu-, poly- + meros, part.

Synonym: biological polymer.
See also: polymer.