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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a chain of atoms in a molecule whose ends are not joined to form a ring

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