side chain


noun Chemistry.

an open chain of atoms attached to an atom of a larger chain, or to a ring.

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Origin of side chain

First recorded in 1900–05
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Example sentences from the Web for side chain

  • The formation of antibodies has even been explained on this basis by Weiggert and Ehrlich in their side-chain theory.

British Dictionary definitions for side chain

side chain

noun

chem a group of atoms bound to an atom, usually a carbon, that forms part of a larger chain or ring in a molecule
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Medical definitions for side chain

side chain
[ sīd ]

n.

A linear group of atoms linked to a benzene ring or to any cyclic chain compound.
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Scientific definitions for side chain

side chain
[ sīd ]

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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