side chain

  1. 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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How to use side chain in a sentence

  • The writer may be permitted to illustrate by a special case his reason for declining to accept Ehrlichs side-chain theory.

  • 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

  1. 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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Scientific definitions for side chain

side chain

[ sīd ]

  1. 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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