three or more atoms linked together to form a ring or cycle and represented accordingly by its structural formula.
Words nearby closed chain
Compare open chain.
Origin of closed chain
First recorded in 1900–05
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British Dictionary definitions for closed chain
chem another name for ring 1 (def. 18)
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Scientific definitions for 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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