cross-link

noun

: a crosswise connecting part (such as an atom or group) that connects parallel chains in a complex chemical molecule (such as a polymer)
cross-link verb

Examples of cross-link in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The best guess Adams could make was that their strands have more cross-links than ours--weak chemical bonds at points where strands are coiled close together. Will Hively, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 The key is to knead the mixture (by hand or in a stand mixture fitted with a paddle) until the proteins begin to unravel and cross-link, giving it a tacky texture that turns springy and juicy as the sausage cooks, releasing its flavorful fat to mingle with the sauce and cheese as the pizza bakes. J. Kenji López-Alt, New York Times, 17 Mar. 2023 This made the objects softer, because opening up the bonds reduces the amount of cross-linking in the polymer networks. IEEE Spectrum, 7 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cross-link was in 1936

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Cite this Entry

“Cross-link.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cross-link. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

cross-link

noun
ˈkrȯ-ˌsliŋk
: an atom or group of atoms that is a crosswise connection between two long series of atoms of a molecule
cross-link verb

Medical Definition

cross-link

noun
: a crosswise connecting part (as an atom or group) that connects parallel chains in a complex chemical molecule (as a protein)
cross-link verb
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