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cross-link

[noun kraws-lingk, kros-; verb kraws-lingk, kros-]Chemistry
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noun
  1. a bond, atom, or group linking the chains of atoms in a polymer, protein, or other complex organic molecule.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to attach by a cross-link.
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Origin of cross-link

First recorded in 1935–40
Related formscross-link·ing, nouncross-link·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cross-link

cross-link

cross-linkage

noun
  1. a chemical bond, atom, or group of atoms that connects two adjacent chains of atoms in a large molecule such as a polymer or protein
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