catenation

[kat-n-ey-shuh n]

noun

the act or process of catenating.
Chemistry. the linking of identical atoms to form chainlike molecules.

Origin of catenation

1635–45; < Latin catēnātiōn-, stem of catēnātiō; see catenate, -ion
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Historical Examples of catenation

  • It implies a regular co-ordination of ideas, a catenation of reflections, in which circumstances are linked with each other.

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