straight chain

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straight chain

n.
An organic molecular structure in the form of an unbranched open chain.

straight chain

n
(Chemistry)
a. an open chain of atoms in a molecule with no attached side chains
b. (as modifier): a straight-chain hydrocarbon.
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Noun1.straight chain - an open chain of atoms with no side chains
open chain - a chain of atoms in a molecule whose ends are not joined to form a ring
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