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General name for polymers having three or more polymer segments connected to a branch point. They are formed by reaction of di-functional monomers bearing at least one of their functional groups on their central parts allowing branching. For step growth polymerization, small amounts of monomers with F=3 is used. For addition polymerization, small amounts of initiators with tendency to branch or monomers with F≥4 are used. Some common branched polymer types are shown below:

Branched polymers can be of thermoplastic or thermosetting nature.