from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An arrangement of atoms that does not form a ring, as in silicon compounds and various carbon compounds, such as aliphatic hydrocarbons.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. See Closed chain, under Chain.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a chain of atoms in a molecule whose ends are not joined to form a ring
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