(chemistry) A chemical reaction in which two identical molecular entities react to form a single dimer.
The chemical union of two identical molecules.
verb: to react or cause to react to form a dimer.

The reverse of dimerization is often called dissociation. Wikipedia

Dimerization as a regulatory mechanism in signal transduction.

Dynamic protein-protein interactions are a key component of biological regulatory networks. Dimerization events - physical interactions between related proteins - represent an important subset of protein-protein interactions and are frequently employed in transducing signals from the cell surface to the nucleus. Importantly, dimerization between different members of a protein family can generate considerable functional diversity when different protein combinations have distinct regulatory properties. A survey of processes known to be controlled by dimerization illustrates the diverse physical and biological outcomes achieved through this regulatory mechanism. These include: facilitated proximity and orientation; differential regulation by heterodimerization; generation of temporal and spatial boundaries; enhancement of specificity; and regulated monomer - to - dimer transitions. Elucidation of these mechanisms has led to the design of new approaches to study and to manipulate signal transduction pathways. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9597142

See Also

8.12 - Law of Attraction
9.4 - Law of Attraction
Bjerknes Effect
Law of Attraction
Law of Attraction and Repulsion
Negative Entropy
Quantum Entanglement
Sympathetic Association
Sympathetic Oscillation
Sympathetic Vibration

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