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Related to aliphatic: Aliphatic Compounds
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.
[From Greek aleiphar, aleiphat-, oil, from aleiphein, to anoint with oil; see leip- in Indo-European roots.]
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(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]
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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]
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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.
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Describes organic compounds composed of carbon atoms in straight or branched chains.
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