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[streyt-cheyn] /ˈstreɪtˈtʃeɪn/
noun, Chemistry.
an open chain of atoms, usually carbon, with no side chains attached to it.
Also called straight chain.
Compare branched chain.
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1925-30 Unabridged
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straight chain

  1. an open chain of atoms in a molecule with no attached side chains
  2. (as modifier): a straight-chain hydrocarbon
Compare branched chain
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straight chain in Science
straight chain  
An arrangement of atoms of the same type that forms an unbranched open chain. Propane is a straight-chain compound with a chain of three carbon atoms.
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