side chain

side chain

noun Chemistry.
an open chain of atoms attached to an atom of a larger chain, or to a ring.
Also called lateral chain.


Origin:
1900–05

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side chain
 
n
chem a group of atoms bound to an atom, usually a carbon, that forms part of a larger chain or ring in a molecule

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side chain n.
A linear group of atoms linked to a benzene ring or to any cyclic chain compound.

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side chain   (sīd)  Pronunciation Key 
A chain or ring in an organic molecule that branches off from a central structure or from a part that is a point of reference.
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