an open chain of atoms attached to an atom of a larger chain, or to a ring.
- 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 Organism as a Whole | Jacques Loeb
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 | Jacques Loeb
British Dictionary definitions for side chain
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
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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