noun Chemistry.

  1. a polymer molecule consisting of a small number of monomers.


  1. a compound of relatively low molecular weight containing up to five monomer unitsCompare polymer, copolymer

  1. A molecule that consists of a relatively small and specifiable number of monomers (usually less than five). Unlike a polymer, if one of the monomers is removed from an oligomer, its chemical properties are altered.

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