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branched chain

noun, Chemistry
1.
an open chain of atoms, usually carbon, with one or more side chains attached to it.
Compare straight-chain.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05
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British Dictionary definitions for branched chain

branched chain

noun
1.
(chem) an open chain of atoms with one or more side chains attached to it Compare straight chain
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