closed chain


noun Chemistry.

three or more atoms linked together to form a ring or cycle and represented accordingly by its structural formula.

Nearby words

  1. closeable,
  2. closed,
  3. closed anesthesia,
  4. closed book,
  5. closed book, a,
  6. closed chain compound,
  7. closed chest massage,
  8. closed circuit,
  9. closed circuit method,
  10. closed comedo

Compare open chain.

Origin of closed chain

First recorded in 1900–05

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British Dictionary definitions for closed chain

closed chain

noun

chem another name for ring 1 (def. 18)
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Science definitions for closed chain

closed chain

[ klōsd ]

An arrangement of atoms of the same type that forms a ring. Benzene and naphthalene are closed-chain compounds.
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