cross-link definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To join (adjacent stores of a polymer or protein) by producing covalent bonds.
    • generate cross links in; -- of polymeric molecules.
  • noun:
    • A chemical bond or link produced by cross-linking.
    • a match up between adjacent stores of a polymer
    • a covalent bond that links two stores of atoms, or two parts of one sequence, in a polymeric molecule; the cross-link is established by a 3rd bond in a monomer product aside from the two bonds forming the polymeric sequence; -- a cross-link may be inner to a single string, in place of between two otherwise unlinked chains. Known as also cross-linkage.
    • a side relationship that links two adjacent chains of atoms in a complex molecule
  • verb:
    • to form such a hyperlink
    • join by creating covalent bonds (of adjacent stores of a polymer or necessary protein)

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