Polymeric Biomaterials

Sreenu Madhumanchi, Teerapol Srichana, Abraham J. Domb

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Synthetic and natural polymers have been used in medicine for over 70 years in a range of applications that increase over the years. Uses range from disposable single-use medical supplies to implants such as shunts and artificial heart. Most stable polymers are common polymers that have been adopted to medical uses, after modification to guarantee safety and functionality. Biodegradable polymers have been tailored for in-body medical uses such as absorbable sutures, temporary orthopedic plates, and drug delivery carriers. This chapter provides an overview of the various polymers used in medicine along with their chemical structure, properties, and medical uses.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiomedical Materials
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages52
ISBN (Electronic)9783030492069
ISBN (Print)9783030492052
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes

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  • Biodegradable polymers
  • Biopolymer
  • Medical application
  • Natural polymers
  • Synthetic polymers


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