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catenation

[kat-n-ey-shuh n] /ˌkæt nˈeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of catenating.
2.
Chemistry. the linking of identical atoms to form chainlike molecules.
Origin of catenation
1635-1645
1635-45; < Latin catēnātiōn-, stem of catēnātiō; see catenate, -ion
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