- an open chain of atoms attached to an atom of a larger chain, or to a ring.
Origin of side chain
First recorded in 1900–05
Also called lateral chain.
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The formation of antibodies has even been explained on this basis by Weiggert and Ehrlich in their side-chain theory.The Organism as a Whole
- chem a group of atoms bound to an atom, usually a carbon, that forms part of a larger chain or ring in a molecule
- A linear group of atoms linked to a benzene ring or to any cyclic chain compound.
- A chain or ring in an organic molecule that branches off from a central structure or from a part that is a point of reference.
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