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straight chain of carbon atoms of a propane molecule
Of, relating to, or designating a group of organic chemical compounds in which the carbon atoms are linked in open chains.
(Chemistry) (of an organic compound) not aromatic, esp having an open chain structure, such as alkanes, alkenes, and alkynes
[C19: from Greek aleiphat-, aleiphar oil]
al•i•phat•ic(ˌæl əˈfæt ɪk)
pertaining to nonaromatic hydrocarbon compounds in which the constituent carbon atoms form open chains.
[1885–90; < Greek aleiphat-, s. of áleiphar oil, fat + -ic]
the straight chain of carbon atoms of a propane molecule
Relating to organic compounds that do not contain a benzene ring; not aromatic. Alkanes are aliphatic compounds. Compare aromatic.
Describes organic compounds composed of carbon atoms in straight or branched chains.