side chain


noun Chemistry.

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

Nearby words

  1. side band,
  2. side bet,
  3. side boob,
  4. side by side,
  5. side card,
  6. side chair,
  7. side circuit,
  8. side curl,
  9. side deal,
  10. side dish

Origin of side chain

First recorded in 1900–05

Also called lateral chain. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lateral 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 lateral chain

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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Medicine definitions for lateral chain

side chain

[ sīd ]


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

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Science definitions for lateral 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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