an open chain of atoms, usually carbon, with no side chains attached to it.
- Also called straight chain .
- Compare branched chain.
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British Dictionary definitions for straight chain
: Compare branched chain
an open chain of atoms in a molecule with no attached side chains
(as modifier): a straight-chain hydrocarbon
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Scientific definitions for straight chain
An arrangement of atoms of the same type that forms an unbranched open chain. Propane is a straight-chain compound with a chain of three carbon atoms.
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