open chain definition

  • noun:
    • An arrangement of atoms that doesn't develop a ring, as in silicon compounds and various carbon compounds, such aliphatic hydrocarbons.
    • a chain of atoms in a molecule whose finishes are not joined to create a ring
  • adjective:
    • See Closed string, under Chain.

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