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[al-uh-sahy-klik, -sik-lik]
adjective Chemistry.
  1. of or noting organic compounds essentially aliphatic in chemical behavior but differing structurally in that the essential carbon atoms are connected in a ring instead of a chain.
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Origin of alicyclic

First recorded in 1890–95; ali(phatic) + cyclic
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British Dictionary definitions for alicyclic


  1. (of an organic compound) having aliphatic properties, in spite of the presence of a ring of carbon atoms
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Word Origin for alicyclic

C19: from German alicyclisch, from ali (phatic) + cyclic
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alicyclic in Medicine


(ăl′ĭ-sīklĭk, -sĭklĭk)
  1. Of or relating to organic compounds having both aliphatic and cyclic characteristics or structures.
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