cross-link

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cross-link

 (krôs′lĭngk′, krŏs′-)
n.
A chemical bond formed between adjacent chains of a complex molecule such as a polymer.
v. cross-linked, cross-link·ing, cross-links
v.tr.
To join (adjacent chains of a complex molecule) with cross-links.
v.intr.
To form cross-links.

cross-link

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cross-linkage

n
(Chemistry) a chemical bond, atom, or group of atoms that connects two adjacent chains of atoms in a large molecule such as a polymer or protein

cross-link

(n. ˈkrɔsˌlɪŋk, ˈkrɒs-; v. -ˈlɪŋk)

n.
1. a bond, atom, or group linking the chains of atoms in a polymer or other complex organic molecule.
v.t.
2. to attach by a cross-link.
[1935–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cross-link - a side bond that links two adjacent chains of atoms in a complex molecule
bond, chemical bond - an electrical force linking atoms
Verb1.cross-link - join by creating covalent bonds (of adjacent chains of a polymer or protein)
conjoin, join - make contact or come together; "The two roads join here"
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