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polymer crystal

A crystalline domain usually limited by well-defined boundaries.
Notes:
  1. Polymer crystals frequently do not display the perfection that is usual for low-molar-mass substances.
  2. Twinned polymer crystals are, sometimes, erroneously referred to as 'crystals'.
  3. Polymer crystals that can be manipulated individually are often called (polymer) single crystals. A single crystal may contain different fold domains.
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IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). XML on-line corrected version: http://goldbook.iupac.org (2006-) created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, B. Kosata; updates compiled by A. Jenkins. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8. doi:10.1351/goldbook.
Last update: 2014-02-24; version: 2.3.3.
DOI of this term: doi:10.1351/goldbook.P04737.
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