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cross-link

[ noun kraws-lingk, kros-; verb kraws-lingk, kros- ]
/ noun ˈkrɔsˌlɪŋk, ˈkrɒs-; verb ˈkrɔsˈlɪŋk, ˈkrɒs- /
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noun

a bond, atom, or group linking the chains of atoms in a polymer, protein, or other complex organic molecule.

verb (used with object)

to attach by a cross-link.

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Origin of cross-link

First recorded in 1935–40
cross-linking, nouncross-link·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cross-link

cross-link

cross-linkage


noun

a chemical bond, atom, or group of atoms that connects two adjacent chains of atoms in a large molecule such as a polymer or protein
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