open chain


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open chain

n.
An arrangement of atoms that does not form a ring, as in silicon compounds and various carbon compounds, such as aliphatic hydrocarbons.

open chain

n
(Chemistry) a chain of atoms in a molecule that is not joined at its ends into the form of a ring

o′pen chain′


n.
a series of atoms linked in a chain not joined together at its ends, and so represented in its structural formula. Compare closed chain.
[1880–85]
o′pen-chain′, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.open chain - a chain of atoms in a molecule whose ends are not joined to form a ring
branched chain - an open chain of atoms with one or more side chains attached to it
chemical chain, chain - (chemistry) a series of linked atoms (generally in an organic molecule)
straight chain - an open chain of atoms with no side chains
closed chain, ring - (chemistry) a chain of atoms in a molecule that forms a closed loop
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