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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.
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(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
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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]
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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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This research follows up on an earlier study that identified the key characteristics controlling this transition from a water-based gel into a powerful yet flexible adhesive.The strength of the natural adhesive comes from the way long, rope-like polymers chemically tie together, or cross link, at certain points," said Andrew Smith, associate professor of biology.
It involves the photo activation of riboflavin with Ultra violet A (UVA) radiation, that unfolds a series of photochemical reactions inducing inter and intra fibrillary cross links in the corneal stromal lamellae.2 This increases the tensile strength of cornea preventing further thinning and deformation of corneal profile,3 deterioration of vision and offers functional improvement to some degree with minimal complications.4
They found that the newer UHMWPE bearing had lower wear rates than first-generation models (97% wear reduction from traditional UHMWPE and 62% reduction, compared to first-generation highly cross linked UHMWPE).
Standard polyethylene pipe (PE), that may have problems with rapid crack propagation and slow crack growth, can be economically treated by E-BEAM Services in a cross linking process that transforms the pipe into rugged, temperature and wear-resistant cross linked polyethylene (PEX) pipe--expanding product applications to underground fuel line and plumbing applications.
"Within the soft-segment domains of cross linked hSBC, however, are nano-sized domains consisting of polystyrene hard segments that also act as cross-links [see illustration].
Here we report the evaluation of the Cross Links HPLC kit recently introduced by Beckman Labs.
Standard polyethylene pipe (PE), known to have problems with rapid crack propagation and slow crack growth, can be economically treated by E-BEAM Services in a cross linking process that transforms the pipe into rugged, temperature and wear-resistant cross linked polyethylene pipe (PEX), expanding product applications into underground fuel line and plumbing applications.