acyclic

[ey-sahy-klik, ey-sik-lik]

adjective

not cyclic: an acyclic flower; acyclic compounds.
Chemistry. of or relating to a compound that does not contain a closed chain or ring of atoms (contrasted with cyclic).

Nearby words

  1. acutely,
  2. acutilingual,
  3. acv,
  4. acw,
  5. acyanotic,
  6. acyclic compound,
  7. acyclic terpene,
  8. acycloguanosine,
  9. acyclovir,
  10. acyl

Origin of acyclic

First recorded in 1875–80; a-6 + cyclic

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British Dictionary definitions for acyclic

acyclic

adjective

chem not cyclic; having an open chain structure
botany having flower parts arranged in a spiral rather than a whorl
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Science definitions for acyclic

acyclic

[ā-sīklĭk, ā-sĭklĭk]

Not cyclic. Used especially of flowers whose parts are arranged in spirals rather than in whorls, as in magnolias.
Having an open-chain molecular structure rather than a ring-shaped structure.
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