[ streyt-cheyn ]
/ ˈstreɪtˈtʃeɪn /
an open chain of atoms, usually carbon, with no side chains attached to it.
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Also called straight chain.
Compare branched chain.
Origin of straight-chain
First recorded in 1925–30
Words nearby straight-chain
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