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branched chain

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noun Chemistry.
  1. an open chain of atoms, usually carbon, with one or more side chains attached to it.
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Origin of branched chain

First recorded in 1900–05
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branched chain

noun
  1. chem an open chain of atoms with one or more side chains attached to itCompare straight chain
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