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closed chain

noun, Chemistry.
three or more atoms linked together to form a ring or cycle and represented accordingly by its structural formula.
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Origin of closed chain
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The same experiment can be made without touching the table, but forming around it a kind of closed chain.

    Mysterious Psychic Forces Camille Flammarion
British Dictionary definitions for closed chain

closed chain

(chem) another name for ring1 (sense 18)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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closed chain in Science
closed chain
An arrangement of atoms of the same type that forms a ring. Benzene and naphthalene are closed-chain compounds.
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