[ noun kraws-lingk, kros-; verb kraws-lingk, kros- ]
/ noun ˈkrɔsˌlɪŋk, ˈkrɒs-; verb ˈkrɔsˈlɪŋk, ˈkrɒs- /
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
OTHER WORDS FROM cross-linkcross-linking, nouncross-link·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cross-link
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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