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branched chain

noun, Chemistry.
an open chain of atoms, usually carbon, with one or more side chains attached to it.
Compare straight-chain.
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First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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branched chain

(chem) an open chain of atoms with one or more side chains attached to it Compare straight chain
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