[ kat-n-eyn ]
/ ˈkæt nˌeɪn /
any of the class of chemical compounds containing two or more rings that are interlocked without being bonded chemically.
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British Dictionary definitions for catenane
/ (ˈkætɪˌneɪn) /
a type of chemical compound in which the molecules have two or more rings that are interlocked like the links of a chain
Word Origin for catenane
C20: from Latin catena chain + -ane
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