Definitions for open chain

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o′pen chain′(n.)

  1. a series of atoms linked in a chain not joined together at its ends, and so represented in its structural formula.

    Category: Chemistry

    Ref: Compare closed chain.

Origin of open chain:

1880–85

o′pen-chain′(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. open chain(adj)

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

  2. acyclic, open-chain(adj)

    having an open chain structure

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