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acyclic   (ā-sī'klĭk, ā-sĭk'lĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Not cyclic. Used especially of flowers whose parts are arranged in spirals rather than in whorls, as in magnolias.

  2. Having an open-chain molecular structure rather than a ring-shaped structure.

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